"Millions of Americans will pause today as we solemnly recall September 11. We will never forget the bravery and selfless sacrifice that occurred both on that day and in the days that immediately followed. We must always honor all of the civilians, emergency responders and those in our military who fell the day of those horrific attacks and in the years which have passed since then. As we do so, we might also reflect upon our American way of life; our democracy which stands for freedom and our firm belief that people can govern themselves through free exchange of ideas and respect for one another. We do not bend to those who rule by repression, violence and fear, and that will never change."