Along with Vice President Biden, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton gathered at a ceremony to honor the 9/11 fallen in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
President Bush praised the 9/11 heroes who died on flight 93 during his remarks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“One of the lessons of 9-11 is that evil is real and so is courage,” President Bush said.
“At the moment American democracy was under attack our citizens defied their captors by holding a vote. The choice they made would cost them their lives. And they knew it. Many passengers called their loved ones to say good-bye. Then hung up to perform their final act.”
“With their brave decision, they launched the first counter-offensive in the war on terror,” he said.
In 2009 the phrase “war on terror” was dumped by the Obama administration. A Washington Post article reported:
The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase “global war on terror,” a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor.
In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department’s office of security review noted that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’ “
The memo said the direction came from the Office of Management and Budget, the executive-branch agency that reviews the public testimony of administration officials before it is delivered.
The ceremony in Shanksville is part of today’s unveiling of the flight 93 memorial.