Obama on 9/11: ‘There is nothing we Americans cannot overcome’
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 12, 2016
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday morning stood solemnly in the spot where 15 years earlier terrorists flew a hijacked commercial airliner into one of the nation’s most iconic buildings that symbolize American power.
In the shadow of the Pentagon’s western-most side, the president joined a small crowd of survivors of the attack on the Defense Department’s headquarters and the family members of others who died Sept. 11, 2001. He delivered a message of hope and continued perseverance on the anniversary of one of the nation’s darkest days.
“We remember and we will never forget the 3,000 beautiful lives taken from us, including 184 men, women and children here,” Obama said on his final Sept. 11 as commander in chief. “You — the survivors and families of 9/11 — your steadfast love and faithfulness has been an inspiration to me and to our entire country. Together there is nothing we Americans cannot overcome.”
The attacks 15 years ago at the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field inspired a generation of Americans to dedicate their lives to serving the nation, in uniform and out.