Like all Americans, Granite Staters will always remember where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001. We were all shocked by this act of war, which struck at the core of our way of life and forever changed the world.
We will never forget how we felt that day. And on September 11, 2011, Americans will come together again at public memorials, church services, and in private moments in solemn remembrance of the nearly 3,000 Americans who were murdered that day - including ten New Hampshire citizens.
Special events are scheduled across the state this weekend to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11. On Sunday morning in Manchester, I will join New Hampshire firefighters at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the memory of the 343 firefighters who were killed in the attacks at Ground Zero. Together, we will climb the stairs of the Brady Sullivan Plaza's 20 floors five and a half times to symbolize the 110 floors of the Twin Towers. I will also attend the dedication of Hudson's 9/11 memorial, which incorporates a steel beam from the north tower of the World Trade Center.
On this day of remembrance, we will call to mind the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country since 9/11, including 55 from New Hampshire. In a poignant reminder of the sacrifices our military members and families have made, members of American Legion Post 35 in Hampton on Sunday will add five new names to a monument that lists New Hampshire soldiers lost in the war on terror.
The 9/11 attacks awakened us to a new, disquieting reality - that what was once unimaginable had occurred, and that our homeland was not as safe as we thought it was. However, out of acts of terror came selfless acts of heroism from the passengers on Flight 93 and the hundreds of brave firefighters and first responders who gave their lives to save others. In the days, weeks, and months following 9/11, we came together in a remarkable spirit of national unity; through our shock and grief, Americans showed their love of country while also demonstrating inspiring resilience.
Over the past 10 years, we've made significant progress in improving our homeland security. Congress has reformed and strengthened America's intelligence operations, facilitated better coordination and information-sharing among appropriate agencies and personnel, and improved communications for first responders and law enforcement officials. We must continue this progress.
The death of Osama bin Laden brought a measure of justice to the survivors of 9/11 victims and eliminated the world's most powerful terrorist leader. However, the fact is that we remain at war with terrorists - and we must remain resolute in that fight.
I encourage you and your family to find your own way to commemorate 9/11 as we commit ourselves to forever honoring the memory of those who died and to the critical work of preventing future attacks on our homeland.