Obama remembers 'spirit of unity and togetherness' after 9/11 attacks

Former President Obama on Wednesday celebrated the "spirit of unity and togetherness" that he says defined America in the weeks and months after 9/11, issuing a tweet marking the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

In a tweet, Obama highlighted volunteers on New York's Ellis Island who were marking Sept. 11 with service, writing that he was "reflecting on all those still working to embrace that spirit, today and every day."

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"As we remember those we lost on 9/11, we also remember the spirit of unity and togetherness that defined the weeks and months after. On this day of service, I’m reflecting on all those still working to embrace that spirit, today and every day," he wrote.

 

The former president was one of a wide chorus of lawmakers and political figures who commented on the anniversary of the attacks on Wednesday, as flags flew at half staff in Washington and around the country following ceremonies honoring the victims in New York and elsewhere.

The 2001 terrorist attacks committed by al Qaeda operatives killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York and Washington, sparking a decades-long fight against terrorism in the Middle East and around the world.