16 years ago, monsters arose to shatter the peace in our world, on a day that this great nation will never forget. But as our enemies struck a blow to our hearts, so many everyday heroes also stepped up to remind us of who we are as Americans. The countless first responders, citizens, friends, fathers, mothers, and neighbors not unlike our own put their lives in the defense of our nation and to help the strangers among them. Their sacrifices served as a bright reminder of the American spirit and our commitments to each other, and shone through even on one of the darkest days in our history.
Today, as we commemorate the sacrifices of so many, we also give thanks to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep our nation and our communities safe. And, we send a message to those who would seek to harm us: we can never be broken.