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USA: 'As Americans, we do not give in to fear' – Obama attends 9/11 memorial03:02

USA: 'As Americans, we do not give in to fear' – Obama attends 9/11 memorial

United States, Washington DC
September 11, 2016 at 15:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of the USA Barack Obama attended the memorial service in Washington DC, on Sunday, to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City and DC’s Pentagon building. The two attacks combined killed an estimated 2,996 people, injuring thousands more.

Addressing the hundreds of Americans who attended the service, the President urged that the nation not be divided, even in the face of a threat which he said had “evolved”. He reassured the US’s defences were better than ever, saying, "With our stronger defences terrorist often attempt attacks on a smaller but still deadly scale. Hateful ideologies urge people in their own country to commit unspeakable violence."

However, he also reflected on more recent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation, in Boston, San Bernardino and Orlando. "Groups like Al Qaeda, like ISIL, know that they will never be able to defeat a nation as great and as strong as America," Obama said, "So instead they try to terrorise in the hope that they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other; that we change who we are or how we live."

Obama also said that the in the end, the most enduring memorial to those lost on 9/11 would be for Americans to continue to live their lives, “That we stay true to ourselves, that we stay true to what’s best in us. That we do not let others divide us.”

Quoting the Proverb 3:3 from the Bible, Obama added, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you, write them on the tablet of your heart."

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President of the USA Barack Obama attended the memorial service in Washington DC, on Sunday, to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City and DC’s Pentagon building. The two attacks combined killed an estimated 2,996 people, injuring thousands more.

Addressing the hundreds of Americans who attended the service, the President urged that the nation not be divided, even in the face of a threat which he said had “evolved”. He reassured the US’s defences were better than ever, saying, "With our stronger defences terrorist often attempt attacks on a smaller but still deadly scale. Hateful ideologies urge people in their own country to commit unspeakable violence."

However, he also reflected on more recent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation, in Boston, San Bernardino and Orlando. "Groups like Al Qaeda, like ISIL, know that they will never be able to defeat a nation as great and as strong as America," Obama said, "So instead they try to terrorise in the hope that they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other; that we change who we are or how we live."

Obama also said that the in the end, the most enduring memorial to those lost on 9/11 would be for Americans to continue to live their lives, “That we stay true to ourselves, that we stay true to what’s best in us. That we do not let others divide us.”

Quoting the Proverb 3:3 from the Bible, Obama added, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you, write them on the tablet of your heart."

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