"We pause today to remember the victims of the September 11th attacks and their families and to pay tribute to the courageous first responders who selflessly rushed into danger to protect others.
Let us remember above all that, on a day marred by unspeakable acts of violence and inhumanity, we also witnessed acts of breathtaking bravery, generosity, and kindness on the part of individuals, communities, and nations. On that brilliant fall day, and in the days that followed, our differences fell away as we were bound together by love of country and concern for one another. We stood together as one nation under God, indivisible.
Let us use this day of remembrance to recall the better angels of our nature, rekindling our national sense of unity and caring for each other with compassion and respect."