US faces great challenges as a nation: Obama
Washington: Ahead of tenth anniversary of
9/11 attacks, President Barack Obama has asked Americans to
show unity as the country faces "great challenges".
"On this 10th anniversary, we still face great challenges
as a nation. We're emerging from the worst economic crisis in
our lifetimes," Obama said in his weekly address to the
"We're taking the fight to al Qaeda, ending the war in
Iraq and starting to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
We are working to rebuild the foundation of our national
strength here at home. None of this will be easy," he said.
Obama asked Americans to come together in the spirit of
service and remembrance of those who lost their lives in the
terrorist attack 10 years ago.
"In just two weeks, we'll come together, as a nation, to
mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
We'll remember the innocent lives we lost. We'll stand with
the families who loved them," Obama said.
"And it can't be the work of government alone. As we
saw after 9/11, the strength of America has always been the
character and compassion of our people. So as we mark this
solemn anniversary, let's summon that spirit once more.
And let's show that the sense of common purpose that we
need in America doesn't have to be a fleeting moment; it can
be a lasting virtue not just on one day, but every day," Obama
We'll honour the heroic first responders who rushed to
the scene and saved so many and we'll pay tribute to our
troops and military families, and all those who have served
over the past ten years, to keep us safe and strong, he said.
"We'll also recall how the worst terrorist attack in
American history brought out the best in the American people."
"How Americans lined up to give blood. How volunteers
drove across the country to lend a hand. How schoolchildren
donated their savings.
How communities, faith groups and businesses collected
food and clothing," Obama said.
"We were united, and the outpouring of generosity and
compassion reminded us that in times of challenge, we
Americans move forward together, as one people," said Obama,
who along with the First Lady would be at the Ground Zero.
Once again, 9/11 will be a National Day of Service and
Remembrance and in the days and weeks ahead, folks across the
country in all 50 states will come together, in their
communities and neighbourhoods, to honour the victims of 9/11
and to reaffirm the strength of our nation with acts of
service and charity, he said.
"There are so many ways to get involved, and every
American can do something. To learn more about the
opportunities where you live, just go online and visit Serve.
Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of
kindness, is a way to honour those we lost; a way to reclaim
that spirit of unity that followed 9/11," Obama said.