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General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, on Saturday honored the 20-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the Pentagon, reflecting on the sacrifices made in response to the deadly day and reassuring Americans that “your sacrifices are in vain.” was not.”

“One thing I am sure of for every soldier, sailor, airman and marine, every CIA officer, every FBI agent, every cop and fireman, you did your duty, your service matters, your sacrifice Wasn’t in vain,” he told the Pentagon. “Let us take a pledge again today on this holy land, never forget, never forget those killed by terrorists, never forget those who ran to save their lives.”

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The general reflected on the US war on terrorism, which has been on since then, and acknowledged that the US today faces the same threats from extremism as it did 20 years ago.

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“All the values ​​and principles enshrined in our Constitution and made real in our daily lives were paid for by the blood of those who fell at this place on September 11, 2001 at 9:37 am,” the general said while speaking from the memorial. Where a plane left an empty space after hitting the Pentagon.

“Those ideas were still hated by our enemies, fascists, Nazis, communists, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, authoritarians, dictators and all kinds of tyrants,” he continued. “They hate those thoughts.”

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks, when al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four planes—two of which shattered the Twin Towers in Manhattan, one hit the Pentagon and one that crashed into the United States. After the passengers aboard Airlines Flight 93 never reached their destination. Plane in Pennsylvania.

Milley said, “We remember him today not only for who he was, but what he could have become. He was irreplaceable.” “But we are alive, we have a duty to honor his memory, his legacy, honor him and remember him not only today, but every day.”

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The general pointed not only to the loss of life that Americans mourned, but to the way the US united around the need to combat terrorism at home and abroad.

“They tried to destroy us. They tried to divide us, and they eventually tried in vain, to scare us,” Milley said. “But his murderous intent was never realized.

Reflecting on the 20-year-long war that took place after 9/11, he said, “We didn’t fear what was in front of us because we loved what was behind us.”

The general also honored the men and women who have died in America’s fight against terrorism, including 13 service members killed in a mass evacuation from Afghanistan last month – five of whom were born in the same year as 9/11. in the form of attacks.

“Never forget sons and daughters, brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers who gave their tomorrow for today,” concluded Milley. “Honor him, honor him today and forever.”