Recent events and disputes have made this September 11th remembrance far different than any other. While remembering those who lost their lives as the result of a cowardly attack by terrorists, these recent events and disputes rage on. Honoring the innocent victims who died in the Towers, the airplanes, and the Pentagon is first and foremost in our hearts. We can never forget them and their families. We can never forget the bravery of the firefighters, police, and other responders who ran into danger to save others. We can never forget our troops who have fought and continue to fight to insure that Afghanistan does not once again become a haven of terrorist training camps. We can never forget those who have lost their lives in that pursuit.
It is sad that other events and disputes are at the forefront of the news today. However, President Obama spoke as a leader and a statesman in his remembrance of those who so tragically lost their lives nine years ago today. He reminded us that it is important to remember who attacked us and to honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day by not handing a victory to those cowardly terrorists. They want to destroy our way of life, to divide us, and to take away our freedoms so hard fought for, won and kept by generations of Americans. If we allow Al Qaeda, our enemy, to pit us against an entire religion that they have hi-jacked and perverted, we give victory to them and dishonor the memory of their victims. Here is the speech, it is well worth reading.
Remarks by the President at the Pentagon Memorial
As for me, I will not ever forget who is responsible for the cowardly murder of so many of my fellow Americans - Americans who represented all races and religions.Â I will not forget those who also lost their lives that day here from other countries, also of many different races and religions. In honor of every lost person, I will keep true to our Constitution and I will remember who our real enemy is. I will never forget.