Like many of you, the images of carnage and devastation from New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. on that clear September morning nearly 10 years ago are still painfully fresh in Americans' minds. The memories of those who were murdered that day will never be forgotten, which is why there is a sense of relief that the mastermind behind these terrorist attacks has finally been brought to justice.
In the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death, we are a country united in our commitment to the brave efforts of our servicemen and women and our intelligence community as we mark this significant victory in the fight against global terrorism.
Many of these folks work in the shadows and are not interested in fame or glory. Their sole purpose is to protect our nation against those that would do us harm. These brave individuals are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and husbands and wives who quietly go about their business protecting our country in virtual anonymity.
While the political rhetoric in Washington can sometimes be difficult to bear for those American families trying to make ends meet, the death of Osama Bin Laden has offered our country a time to come together. We must remember the thousands of lives that have been lost during the war on terror. Knowing that America will remain vigilant in our fight against terrorism will provide some comfort to the families and loved ones for their losses and sacrifices.
I ask that you join me in taking a moment to thank the tireless service of our military and intelligence community in ending the reign of terror of the monster Osama Bin Laden. The victory may seem sweet, but it is fleeting because al Qaeda is larger than one man. Our war against al Qaeda and its allies is far from over and our resolve will again be tested.
In the end, we must continue to hunt down these terrorists and bring them to justice. As these efforts continue, let us not forget that many of the same folks who have been fighting this war for more than a decade continue to do so in order for each of us to sleep more soundly and safely at night.