President Barack Obama on Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by calling on Americans to embrace the nation’s character as a people drawn from every corner of the world, from every religion and from every background.
Obama spoke to hundreds of service members, and relatives and survivors of the attack that occurred at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Defense Department’s headquarters, killing 184 people. The youngest victim was only 3 years old.
In all, about 3,000 people lost their lives that day as a result of the planes that crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center and in a Pennsylvania field.
“We know that our diversity, our patchwork heritage is not a weakness, it is still and always will be one of our greatest strengths,” Obama said. “This is the America that was attacked that September morning. This is the America that we must remain true to.”
Obama’s comments also came in the heat of a presidential election in which voters will weigh which candidate would best keep America safe.
Republican nominee Donald Trump said he would suspend Muslim immigration into the United States, a policy he later amended by saying he would temporarily ban immigration from “areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we fully understand how to end these threats.” Obama’s speech Sunday reinforced themes he has emphasized in recent months when he has described Trump’s proposals on Muslim immigration as “not the America we want.”
Obama said, ” We honor the courage of those who put themselves in harm’s way to save people they never knew. The question before us is, how do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? How do we live up to their example? How do we keep their spirit alive in our own hearts?
We, at The Western Chauvinist online magazine, believe the president could start by not defending the actions of groups like Black Lives Matter, who incite violence against Police officers.