Each of us will forever remember the morning of September 11, 2001. To commemorate the heroism and resolve that was displayed in the face such a hate-inspired event, I would like to share with you my statement today on the ten year anniversary of 9-11.
“Ten years ago today, mindless hatred took the lives of thousands of our fellow citizens. But if the terrorists who struck us that day thought they would defeat us, the decade since has shown how badly mistaken they were. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were a terrible blow. But they could not and did not overcome America’s courage, confidence, optimism and essential decency.
“This is a day to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and the loved ones who still mourn, and to remember the thousands of brave Americans who have sacrificed so much to defend us since that terrible day, especially those who have given ‘the last full measure of devotion’ to the nation that we all hold so dear.”
As we each commemorate this event in our own way, let us remember how we came together as a nation on that day, and in the ensuing weeks and months, to aid one another and to address this grave threat.