“Like all Americans I will never forget the grief, pain, and horror the senseless and cowardly terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 brought upon our nation. For far too many families this day will be a solemn occasion to remember their loved ones and to mourn lives that were lost too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with these families at this difficult time.
“But like all Americans I will also never forget the response that day summoned from those who will always be regarded as true American heroes. From our police officers, firefighters, and first responders who ran straight into the fire to save lives. To strangers who donated blood, their time, and anything they could to help their fellow Americans. To the passengers of Flight 93 who gave their lives to spare countless others. And of course, to the thousands upon thousands of service members who have been sent to defend our nation in the wake of those attacks.
“September 11th is a day to not only honor the service and lives of these men and women but also to learn from their selflessness and dedication to the common good. As we continue to fight terrorism, protect our homeland, and make our nation a better place for our children, the examples of the heroes of September 11th should always inspire and guide our work.”