On September 11th, we come together to remember and to reflect with reverence and with respect. On the anniversary the thoughts of our nation remain with the innocent Americans we lost, their families and loved ones, with the first responders who arrived on the scene to rescue others in danger and stayed at ground zero to search for survivors and remains. Our solemn pledge remains clear: to never forget those who perished on 9/11, to always give voice to those silenced forever 11 years ago, and to draw inspiration from the families of the victims.
As we unite to remember the events of that faithful day, we also send thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans killed in a vicious and heinous attack against the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi. As we mourn the loss of the Americans in Benghazi, we pay tribute to all of the men and women standing their post abroad on behalf of our values and our partnerships across the globe.