On this week's anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, I joined the nation in a day of remembrance and service to pay tribute to the victims, the survivors, their families and friends, and the heroism and bravery of our first responders. We also honored our service men and women who remain spread across the globe sacrificing each day, so that we may maintain our peace and freedom here at home.
The dedication of such men and women was exemplified by four brave Americans: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith and security personnel Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, who lost their lives in the brutal attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on Tuesday. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this act of terrorism and their families. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to these four American patriots who gave their lives to the cause of diplomacy and freedom. May they rest in peace.
As violent attacks continue on American diplomatic and military personnel this week, I joined members of Congress in signing a letter to Secretaries Clinton and Panetta voicing our concern about the safety of those who dutifully serve our nation overseas and directing them to correct the potential vulnerability of our embassies throughout the Middle East. Our embassies legally represent the sovereign territory of the United States of America, and it is our belief that when individuals are allowed to breach the walls, it sends a dangerous message to extremists throughout the region that our embassies are an open and easy target.
The individuals responsible for this violence must be brought to justice immediately. America should not tolerate attacks against our citizens or our embassies, and I will support all necessary measures to protect American lives.