PARMA, Ohio (AP) - Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks showed the world what it means to be an American.
The U.S. senator from Delaware met with police, firefighters and other first responders at an American Legion post in suburban Cleveland on the seventh anniversary of the attacks.
"This is not about politics today," Biden said. "This about our fallen heroes and a whole lot of people like the people here today."
Biden recalled that he was taking a train to Washington the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and talking with his wife, Jill, who was watching coverage of the terrorist attacks on television.
She said, "What does it mean, Joe?"
Biden told the small audience at the American Legion post that the actions of the first responders on 9/11 provided the world with a definition of what it means to be an American.
"It's a measure of who we are as a people that ordinary people did extraordinary things trying to save others," Biden said.
Biden is the last member of the two major-party tickets to visit Ohio this week. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin were all in southwest Ohio on Tuesday.
Obama and McCain were in New York on Thursday to join a ceremony honoring the dead from the fallen Twin Towers and the hijacked planes flown into them.