WASHINGTON, D.C. (1010 WINS) -- President Joe Biden addressed Americans Friday on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, remembering the lives lost and the pain it caused, while hoping the commemoration could inspire a moment of unity.
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In a six-minute video posted on his social media accounts, Biden remembered the nearly 3,000 lives lost in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“America and the world commemorate you and your loved ones. The pieces of your soul,” he said.
The president also talked about the first responders who jumped into action in the moments and days following the attacks — from police and firefighters to “the everyday people who gave their all to rescue, recover and rebuild.”
Biden, who has spoken extensively in his political career about the impact loss has had on his life, spoke to the family members who are still grieving for their loved ones 20 years later.
“It’s so hard. No matter how much time has passed. These commemorations bring everything painful back,” Biden said. “On this day, Jill and I hold you close in our hearts and send you our love.”
The former Delaware senator also spoke to the day as a moment to bring Americans together, just like the days, weeks and months after 9/11 brought a “true sense of national unity” according to Biden.
“The 9/11 generation stepping up to serve and protect in the face of terror,” said Biden. “To get those terrorists who were responsible. To show everyone seeking to do harm to America that we will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Biden is due to be part of the 20th anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero in Manhattan Saturday.
Biden ultimately says the central lesson of that day is that, “At our most vulnerable … unity is our greatest strength.”