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Gen. Milley honors US troops who served in Afghanistan, 9/11 victims: ‘Your sacrifice was not in useless’

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 People “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 obligation, your service mattered, your sacrifice was not in useless,” he stated from the Pentagon. “Allow us to resolve right here but once more at this time on this hallowed floor, to always remember, to always remember those that had been murdered by terrorists, always remember those that rushed to save lots of their lives.”

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The final mirrored on the U.S. Warfare on Terror that has since ensued and acknowledged that the U.S. faces the identical threats from extremism at this time, because it did 20 years in the past.

“The entire values and ideas embedded in our Structure and made actual in our each day lives had 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 airplane left a gaping gap after it struck the Pentagon. 

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, speaks during an observance ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, on the morning of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, speaks throughout an observance ceremony on the Pentagon in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, on the morning of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist assaults. (AP Picture/Alex Brandon)

“These concepts had 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.”

Almost 3,000 individuals had 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 airplane in Pennsylvania. 

“We bear in mind them at this time for not solely who they had been, however what they may have change into. They had been irreplaceable,” Milley stated. “However we the dwelling, we’ve a solemn obligation to honor their reminiscence, their legacy, to honor and bear in mind them not simply at this time, however daily.”

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The final pointed to not solely the lack of life that People have since mourned, however to the best way 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 conflict that ensued within the wake of 9/11. 

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The final additionally honored the women and men who’ve died within the U.S. battle in opposition to terrorism, together with the 13 service members who had been killed final month within the mass evacuation from Afghanistan – 5 of whom had 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 at this time,” Milley concluded. “Honor them, honor them at this time and eternally.”

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