Today marks 13 years since the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 American lives. Today, we pause to honor their memory.
Almost 3,000 people lost their lives during the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania when United Flight 93 crashed. Their lives, though lost, will never be forgotten.
We also pause today to thank our first responders – everyone from EMT workers to firefighters to police officers. They served our country valiantly on September 11, 2001, and we offer our eternal gratitude for the role they played in stitching the fibers of our nation back together.
Thirteen years ago, the country came together to grieve in a shared tragedy, but resolved to rebuild. Today, we’re stronger knowing that the thing that binds us all together – being American – is more resilient than any terrorist.