Two decades have passed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Today we bring ourselves to a steady halt of reflection and remembrance. We observe a respectful moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. We tread carefully since words can barely begin to describe the sheer magnitude of this tragedy and the overwhelming loss of life; the pain and suffering of the survivors; the courage of the ones who put themselves in harm’s way; the thousands of 9/11 families that mustered the strength to carry on in honor of their loved ones lost.
Today is a somber reminder to us all – of our responsibility to remember; of our duty to uphold our values and to protect our ideals in selfless unity and solidarity. We stay united with our Allies and partners and remain committed to fighting terrorism with determination and resolve.