Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks against our nation.
On this Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance, we remember the lives that were lost on that tragic day and the families and friends who were left behind. We honor the police officers, firefighters and other heroes who risked their lives to save others. Let us acknowledge our commitment to their legacy with the confidence that terrorism can never change who we are as Americans.
The world looks very different than it did 11 years ago. We have fought and continue to fight al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attack, is dead, along with most of al Qaeda's leadership. We and our allies in this cause have paid dearly to keep our nation safe.
Today, as we remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001, we join together to honor the five million members of the post 9-11 military who have dedicated their lives to protecting ours.