As we remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day in 2001, we should also take a moment to think of the first-responders and service members who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.
And, as we solemnly reflect on the events of 12 years ago, we must also honor and celebrate that our nation emerged stronger from the ashes of September 11th. While that day was one of immense tragedy, it also witnessed the incredible acts of selflessness and courage. Firefighters, police officers, and those who never wore a uniform proved that the American people will stand firm in defense of our way of life and our fellow Americans.
They showed that our nation is still the greatest on Earth and that it will always be a beacon of peace and freedom to the world. The spirit of our people will prevail -- no matter what the odds -- and our country will always be a a place of liberty and justice for all.