None of us will ever forget the horrific events of September 11. That day, we peered into the face of evil. But for all the evil we witnessed, we saw good in equal measure. We saw fortitude in our firefighters and policemen who sacrificed all. We saw strength in our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, who stood ready to respond. On that day, the cowardice of our enemies only magnified the courage of our heroes, and in every instance of villainy, Americans responded with acts of compassion and valor. Tragedy sowed the feelings of unity that fastened our hearts as a nation. As a country, we suffered, but we suffered together.
On September 11, we learned that the reach of our enemies’ hatred was no longer confined to distant shores. Fifteen years later, that hatred still festers in some parts of the world and continues to threaten us here at home. As it grows stronger, so too does the threat it poses to our way of life. Just as our nation was unified in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, we must remain equally united today in our fight against terror.