Five years ago, on a sunny September morning, terrorists brought their implacable hatred to the skies of America. And 3,000 people perished…in the Twin Towers of New York City, at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania.
I take a moment to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives on September, 11th, 2001 — who died because they were American.
In destroying those lives, the terrorists also sought to destroy the symbols of a free and great America — our economy, our military and our government. But we are more than buildings, more than symbols.
Three days after those terrible acts of destruction, I took part in an ecumenical ceremony at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing, Michigan, on the “National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.”
I concluded my remarks by saying, “The victims of the September massacres did not choose to become casualties in a war with the enemies of freedom. So today, as our nation mourns, our solemn obligation to the victims is that we shall never forget.”
Five years on, we unite again, to mourn, to pray, and to remember — and to abide by that solemn obligation. We shall never forget.
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