During an iftar dinner at the White House last week, President Obama paid tribute to a fallen Muslim-American soldier, Army Spc. Kareem Rashad Sultan Kahn. Kahn was a member of 2nd Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Washington. Kahn was one of four U.S. soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Baquoba, Iraq in 2007.
At the dinner, Obama recognized the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and mentioned the diversity among those who suffered during these attacks, those who came to aid them as first responders, and those who continue to serve our country.
Obama noted Kahn as an example of the contributions made every day by Muslim-Americans and hoped that all Americans would be accepting of the diversity among us.
The iftar was part of the White House’s way of celebrating diversity, as the iftar is a meal served at the day’s end during Ramadan, which takes place from August 1 to August 29 this year.
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