“On this solemn anniversary, we mark the resilience and dedication of the American people. Ten years ago, when faced with great tragedy, we saw the true nature of this country: first responders running into harm’s way, everyday men and women on a plane sacrificing their lives to preempt another attack, and hundreds of people right here at home lining up at the blood bank to do something for their fellow citizens.
“To this day, we continue to pray for the thousands of Americans who lost their lives, who were injured, and their families. We honor the sacrifice of all firemen, police, and medical professionals who assisted the victims on this day ten years ago. We thank the men and women in uniform who have fought and continue to fight for our country overseas against enemies who remain dangerous.
“We were successful in our pursuit of Osama bin Laden and many others in al Qaeda who planned these attacks, and we have implemented many new procedures to improve the safety of U.S. citizens, whether they are at home, work, or traveling. Yet we must remain vigilant in the face of terrorists who wish to do our country harm.
“We remember on this day that what binds us is stronger than what divides us. We learned on September 11, 2001, that despite our differences in religion, race, or political affiliation, we are first and foremost Americans.”