Eleven years ago, the United States faced one of the darkest days in our history. The pain our nation felt on September 11, 2001 will always be with us, as will our memories of those we lost.
Yet on this September 11, we mark important progress at home and abroad. Al-Qaeda is battered and Osama Bin Laden is dead. Our nation has been protected from additional attacks by the vigilance of our intelligence and Homeland Security professionals, and our troops in Afghanistan are working diligently to complete their work so they can return home with honor to their families.
At Ground Zero, a proud new Freedom Tower has risen, and the September 11th Memorial and Museum is welcoming visitors from around the globe. Just yesterday, a new federal order was issued to ensure the full spectrum of illnesses affecting 9/11 First Responders, including cancer, will be covered under the World Trade Center Health Program.
We rebuild, we take care of our own, and we will never forget.