Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley honored the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults Saturday on the Pentagon, reflecting on the sacrifices made in response to the lethal day and assuring Individuals “your sacrifice was not in useless.”
“One factor I’m sure of for each soldier, sailor, airmen and Marine, for each CIA officer, for each FBI agent, for each cop and fireman, you probably did your responsibility, your service mattered, your sacrifice was not in useless,” he stated from the Pentagon. “Allow us to resolve right here but once more right now on this hallowed floor, to always remember, to always remember those that have been murdered by terrorists, always remember those that rushed to avoid wasting their lives.”
The final mirrored on the U.S. Battle on Terror that has since ensued and acknowledged that the U.S. faces the identical threats from extremism right now, because it did 20 years in the past.
“All the values and ideas embedded in our Structure and made actual in our every day lives have been paid for with the blood of the fallen on this place at 9:37 a.m. on September 11, 2001,” the final stated talking from the memorial of the place a aircraft left a gaping gap after it struck the Pentagon.
“These concepts have been and nonetheless are hated by our enemies, the fascists, the Nazis, the Communists, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, authoritarians, dictators and tyrants of every kind,” he continued. “They hate these concepts.”
Practically 3,000 individuals have been killed within the assaults on 9/11 after al Qaeda terrorists hijacked 4 planes – two of which pulverized the Twin Towers in Manhattan, one hit the Pentagon and one which by no means reached its vacation spot after passengers aboard United Airways Flight 93 downed the aircraft in Pennsylvania.
“We bear in mind them right now for not solely who they have been, however what they might have develop into. They have been irreplaceable,” Milley stated. “However we the residing, we’ve a solemn responsibility to honor their reminiscence, their legacy, to honor and bear in mind them not simply right now, however each day.”
The final pointed to not solely the lack of life that Individuals have since mourned, however to the way in which the U.S. united round the necessity to counter terrorism at house and overseas.
“They tried to destroy us. They tried to divide us, and so they tried finally in useless, to terrify us,” Milley stated. “However their murderous intent was by no means realized.
“We didn’t worry what was in entrance of us as a result of we liked what was behind us,” he added, reflecting on the 20-year lengthy battle that ensued within the wake of 9/11.
The final additionally honored the women and men who’ve died within the U.S. struggle in opposition to terrorism, together with the 13 service members who have been killed final month within the mass evacuation from Afghanistan – 5 of whom have been born the identical 12 months because the 9/11 assaults.
“Always remember the little children, the brothers and sisters and the moms and dads who gave their tomorrows for right now,” Milley concluded. “Honor them, honor them right now and perpetually.”