Biden talked about that he took pictures with boys who have been carrying Trump hats on the firehouse.
“Are we going to, in the next four, five, six, ten years, demonstrate that democracies can work, or not?” he stated, earlier than voicing disappointment on the tenor of present political debates, together with “the stuff that’s coming out of Florida.”
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama joined Biden earlier at a commemorative ceremony at floor zero in New York City. Former President Donald Trump, in the meantime, remained in Florida and is scheduled to commentate at a star boxing bout Saturday night time.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who spoke on the memorial, additionally touched on themes of unity, referencing the efforts of the passengers who tried to retake the hijacked United flight over Pennsylvania 20 years in the past.
“They did not focus on what may separate us,” she stated. “They focused on what we all share: on the humanity we all share. In a matter of minutes, in the most dire of circumstances, the 40 responded as one. They fought for their own lives and to save the lives of countless others at our nation’s Capitol.”
United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked by 4 members of al Qaeda and in the end crashed in a area in Shanksville after passengers and crew members fought to reclaim management of the airplane. Thirty seven passengers and 7 crew members have been killed.
Biden referenced these passengers’ efforts on his go to to the firehouse.
“It’s one thing to say, I know I should step up, it’s another thing to do it. That’s genuine heroism,” he stated.