“On this day in 2001, our great nation was attacked in one of the deadliest and most evil acts of terrorism our country has ever seen. We still mourn the nearly three thousand Americans who lost their lives this Their memories live on, forever anchored in the history of our country.
“Courageous men and women like Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, acted bravely with others on their flight to save the lives of countless Americans after hearing the plight of others. Generations to come will also know the stories of the first responders whose actions saved countless Americans that day, people like Chief Orio Palmer, who rushed into the chaos, went to the 78th floor of the south tower and gave his life to save the lives of his fellow Americans.
“I know that the horrific acts of terror committed have sparked in many a strong desire to protect, defend and serve. I am proud of the resilience and courage our nation showed in response to the attacks of 9/11, and that we must hold together in our belief that liberty, freedom and justice would ultimately prevail.
“Today, tomorrow and years from now, I know it is true that we must stand united in the face of evil and in defense of our great nation.”