9/11 remembered amid raging wildfires and coronavirus recriminations – US politics live

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The US flag is now flying at half-staff on Capitol Hill in memory of those lost on 9/11.

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President Donald Trump has just tweeted out a link to his Patriot Day proclamation for 2020 from yesterday. In it, the president said:

On a day that began as ordinary as any other, terrorists carrying out a sadistic plan murdered thousands of our fellow compatriots. With shock and disbelief, we watched our first responders, encumbered by heavy equipment and hindered by debris and smoke, rush with conviction and courage into the void to rescue those in despair. With pride and sorrow, we felt the tremendous bravery of those aboard Flight 93, who summoned the courage to charge the terrorists in a counterattack that saved countless American lives. As the day closed, America steadied its resolve to hold accountable those who had attacked us and to ensure it would never happen again.

To fulfill our collective promise never to forget, we impart the memory of that fateful day to our children and grandchildren. The smoke that rose from the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania field carried away the souls of innocent Americans. As we recall the images of our American Flag raised from the ashes of Ground Zero and the Pentagon, we are reminded that good triumphs over evil. We recommit ourselves to fortifying our cherished American values so that future generations will know in their souls that the United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave.

In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11th. On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment. https://t.co/LzAFPe72YX

Today we remember the innocent lives lost & the heroes born on September 11, 2001.

Courageous men and women ran toward the devastation, a sacrifice that will never be forgotten.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

– John 15:13

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