Fifteen years ago, a September day that began like any other became one of the darkest in our nation’s history.
The Twin Towers were reduced to rubble.
The Pentagon was in flames.
A Pennsylvania field burned with the wreckage of an airplane.
And nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost. Sons and daughters, husbands and wives, neighbors and colleagues and friends.
They were from all walks of life, all races and religions, all colors and creeds, from across America and around the world.
This weekend, we honor their memory once more.
We stand with the survivors who still bear the scars of that day.
We thank the first responders who risked everything to save others.
And we salute a generation of Americans
our men and women in uniform, diplomats and our intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals
who serve, and in some cases have given their lives, to help keep us safe.
A lot has changed over these past 15 years.
We’ve delivered devastating blows to the al Qaeda leaders that attacked us on 9/11.
We delivered justice to Osama bin Laden.
We’ve strengthened our homeland security.
We’ve prevented attacks. We’ve saved lives.