In September 2001, nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were senselessly killed by al Qaeda under bin Laden’s direction. They were torn from their loved ones in a brutal attack the world will never fully comprehend. We knew we would never forget.
We came together back then. We forged bonds with strangers, uniting in our grief and loss, and our hope for the future. We took tremendous comfort in knowing that when circumstances require, we care for one another with limitless compassion.
Today is a remarkable moment in United States history and the fight against terrorism. And as we approach the 10th anniversary of the attacks, we prepare to open the 9/11 Memorial to the world in 133 days.
Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice. We take this time to remember the 2,976 killed in September 2001. At the World Trade Center, their names will be etched in bronze, a tribute to our nation’s steadfast belief in what matters: our freedoms and our ability to overcome the worst of humanity with the best. We think of their families and send our prayers.
We also send our profound gratitude to and take pride in the dedication of our military. So many of them signed up to serve as their response to the events of 9/11. Their committment, their sacrifice, reminds us of the sacrifices of the more than 400 first responders who died on 9/11 performing their sworn duty.
We remain unshakeable in our commitment to remember. God bless the United States military, and God bless America.