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Vice President Kamala Harris beseeched Americans to regain the unity that they found in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Harris — joined by her husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and former president George W Bush and former first lady Laura Bush — visited the Flight 93 National Memorial, in Shanksville Pa, Saturday to observe the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on US soil.
The vice president mourned those who died 20 years ago Saturday, which included the the 40 crew and passengers on board United Airlines Flight 93, who became aware of the intent of the hijackers, prompting them to take action and attempt to regain control of the aircraft rather than have it used as a missile against another target in Washington DC.
Ultimately, the plane came down in a field in Shanksville and all aboard perished.
Harris lamented that the United States needs more of the unity seen among Americans immediately following the deadly attacks in New York and the Pentagon in addition to Shanksville.
“And by unity, I don’t mean uniformity,” Harris said. “We had differences of opinion in 2001 as we do in 2021. And, I believe that in America, our diversity is our strength.”
Harris’ remarks on Saturday were a clear reference to the deep divides and hyper-partisanship which has mushroomed across the nation in the years since 9/11.
Trying to heal those divisions has been an ongoing struggle for the Biden administration.
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