Sept. 12- U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a ''Concert for Hope'' in Washington, rhythm and blues star Patti LaBelle performs. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
In his only public remarks on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, US President Barack Obama, said much had changed for Americans. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "In the decade since, much has changed for Americans. We've known war and recession, passionate debates and political divides. We can never get back the lives that were lost on that day, or the Americans that made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars that followed. And yet today, it is worth remembering what has not changed. Our character as a nation has not changed." Obama also read part of a letter from a woman who lost her brother and husband in the attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "It has been 10 years of raising these girls on my own, Susan wrote. I could not be prouder of their strength or resilience. That spirit typifies our American family and the hopeful future for those girls is the ultimate rebuke to the hateful killers who took the life of their father." The evening's performance in the "Concert for Hope" included mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves . And Rhythm and Blues star Patti LaBelle. The concert ended a day of memorial observances to remember and honour the nearly 3000 people killed in the hijacked plane attacks. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters.