"Nine years ago, we witnessed the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history. Though the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, the effects were felt across the country and around the world. In Alabama, our thoughts and prayers were- and still remain- with the victims and the families of those who lost their lives on this fateful day.
"The America that emerged after that day, however, was both stronger and more united. Suddenly, we focused on what united us rather than what divided us. We also came to appreciate those whose sacrifices too often go unrecognized: our first responders. They were the true heroes of that day and they continue to be heroes in their respective communities across the United States.
"Nine years later, the legacy of September 11th is the everlasting resolve of the American people and of our ability to confront any challenge in front of us. Our soldiers defending our freedoms overseas continue to bravely confront those challenges on a daily basis, and we owe them our unending gratitude.
"As we remember those who lost their lives, we should also reflect on the privilege we have to live in the greatest country in the history of the world. We are truly blessed, and we should all be proud to call ourselves Americans on this solemn day of remembrance."