America will never give in to fear - Obama
NEW YORK (AP):
Hailing the values and resilience that he said both define and sustain Americans, President Barack Obama yesterday honoured the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as the bravery of survivors and the emergency personnel who responded, and the work of scores of others who have laboured since to keep the US safe.
In his weekly address, Obama said that while so much has changed in the years since 9/11 it is important to remember what has stayed the same.
"The core values that define us as Americans. The resilience that sustains us," he said, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of one of the nation's darkest days.
Obama said terrorists want to frighten Americans into changing how they live, but "Americans will never give in to fear".
"We're still the America of heroes who ran into harm's way, of ordinary folks who took down the hijackers, of families who turned their pain into hope," said Obama.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon when hijacked commercial airliners crashed in attacks that were planned and carried out by the al-Qaida terrorist group.
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed nearly a decade later by US forces during a May 2011 raid on his Pakistani hideout that Obama authorised.
Obama noted in his address that the terrorist threat has evolved "as we've seen so tragically from Boston to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to Orlando," cities that suffered headline-grabbing and terrorist-linked attacks.
He pledged that the US would stay relentless against terrorism from al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, which is spreading across the Middle East and the west.
Obama will mark today's anniversary of 9/11 by observing a moment of silence in the privacy of the White House residence at 8.46am ET, when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. He will then deliver remarks at a Pentagon memorial service.