Instead, during various stops at the three memorials – Lower Manhattan, Shanksville, and the Pentagon – members of the Biden administration tried to present a clear view of what happened that day, as well. than to assess the toll of the consequences for Americans.
Vice President Kamala Harris said in a speech near Shanksville that the tragedy of the attacks showed how “fear can be used to sow division”, and stressed that America’s diversity is its greatest asset. .
“If we do the hard work of working together as Americans, if we stay united in our goals,” she said, “we will be ready for whatever comes next.”
Ms Harris, commemorating the 40 passengers and crew who fought back, urged Americans to remember their sacrifice.
“On this 20th anniversary, on this solemn day of remembrance, we must challenge ourselves, yes, to look back. Remember. For the sake of our children. For the sake of their children, ”she said. “And for this reason, we must also look to the future. We must also look to the future. Because at the end of the day, I believe that’s what the 40 were fighting for: their future and ours.
People who have known Mr. Biden for decades, who was a Delaware senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time of the 9/11 attacks, said they saw a parallel between what he said in the aftermath of the attacks . and the language he uses to guide Americans through the coronavirus pandemic.
“People were heading for him,” said Margaret Aitken, who was Mr. Biden’s press secretary when he was a senator. “He would literally stop people in the street who looked upset and give them this message, ‘Everything will be fine. We are well. There is nothing that when we come together as a nation that we cannot overcome.
She added: “It’s very consistent with what he has said throughout the pandemic.
Michel Gold contributed reports.