Obama: No act of terror can match strength of US

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tour Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Speaking at the dedication, the president said, no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tour Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Speaking at the dedication, the president said, no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama says no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. He says, quote, “Nothing can ever break us.”

Obama spoke at the dedication in New York for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. He said the museum tells the story of 9/11 so that future generations will never forget.

Obama said it’s a moment to reflect on the true spirit of 9/11 and enshrine it forever in the nation’s heart. He said that spirit encompasses love, compassion and sacrifice.

Obama praised the men and women who helped save lives in the attack, including those who gave their lives in the effort.

He said the deceased live on in us and in their friends and families.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum and the memorial plaza opened in 2011 were built for $700 million in donations and tax dollars. Its leaders see the project as a monument to unity and resilience.

Work on the museum was initially marked by construction problems. There also were financial squabbles and disputes over its content and the appropriate way to honor the dead.

Its opening is prompting reflection from world figures and the everyday people whose lives were changed by the attacks.

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