Eleven years ago, cowardly terrorists who aimed to bring this country to its knees attacked our nation.
Out of the ashes, destruction and tears we witnessed true acts of bravery and selflessness - stories of everyday Americans - people who rose and headed the call to service in the face of evil. All Americas become heroes that day. Countless leapt into action to defend their fellow man, aid the wounded and remained steadfast in the long days that followed.
While we will never forget the tragedy that struck at the heart of our nation or the innocent lives of loved ones lost at the Pentagon, the Twin Towers, and in Shanksville we will always remember the unifying impact it had on this country, as it motivated millions of men and women to serve this nation in uniform.
Over 3 million Americans entered military service following the attacks. More than 5 million servicemen and women have served in the military in the last decade and nearly 2 and half million served this nation in Afghanistan and Iraq.
As we honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those lost in the wake of September 11th, may we remember their courage, commitment and patriotism. May we never forget the American heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. May our prayers remain with our men and women in uniform. And may God continue to bless our great nation.
We vow to honor those who lost their lives on this day, eleven years ago and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom - not just today but forever.