Obama Speaks at 9/11 Commemoration

58294384On a gray rainy day in the nation’s capital — so unlike the bright sunny morning eight years ago when terrorists slammed planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon — President Obama called upon Americans to “renew our common purpose” with a day of service and remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Through their own lives and through you, the loved ones they left behind, the men and women who lost their lives eight years ago today leave a legacy that still shines brightly in the darkness and that calls on all of us to be strong and firm and united,” Mr. Obama said during a memorial service at the Pentagon. “That is our calling today and in all the Septembers still to come.”

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 Pictured: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama (R) observe a moment of silence for 9/11 victims on the South Lawn of the White House September 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. Today marked the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)