SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
September 11 is a day that will live forever in our memories. Ask any American who was of an age to remember, and they will likely be able to describe in great detail where they were and what they were doing when news broke that we were under attack. We watched helplessly as thousands were killed by cowardly acts of terrorism. And while this attack certainly wounded our nation as a whole, today is an especially painful reminder for the families and friends of the victims of 9/11. Because of their loss, America will never be the same.
But in the aftermath of this attack, something truly inspiring happened.
Across the country Americans mourned and prayed for the victims and their families. I want to recognize not only the heroes who died that day, but also the heroes who were born: the hundreds of first responders who put their lives on the line to rescue others; the communities who came together to offer aid and support in the wake of the devastation; the everyday Americans who pulled together to create a united front and carry on in the face of terrorism; and since that day, the thousands of brave Americans who have joined the military to help defend us from future terrorist attacks.
Today, we remember the Americans who lost their lives in this terrible attack, as well as the families and friends they left behind. We must also remember those who risk their lives every day to keep America safe and support them in fighting for our freedom.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those we lost, our service men and women, and all those who have dedicated their lives to keeping America safe.
As we come together in remembrance and commitment this day, we show each other—and the world—why America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
God Bless America,