Eleven years ago, terrorists perpetrated a heinous act of violence against nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. Today we remember those who gave their lives that frightful day. And, today we remember the children and families whose lives were turned upside down by the loss of loved ones. May they be comforted by the prayers of fellow Americans.
America will not be shaken by those who seek our destruction. Today we honor and remember the men and women who have served fellow man in the defense of our nation here on our own soil and across the globe. America is grateful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the liberties of Americans and working to extend freedom to those whose liberties are oppressed. We are thankful for friends abroad who have aided us in the pursuit of terrorists, but condemn those who retaliate when justice is delivered. It is abhorrent that Pakistan can take U.S. money, but then jail and torture someone who helped us to deliver justice on Osama bin Laden.
Let us never take for granted the freedom we have to exercise our God-given liberties. And, let us never become complacent in defending our rights. As we watch events unfold across the globe we know we are blessed in America. We must stand firm for others across the world to have that same freedom.