Transcript for 9/11 Remembered: President Obama's Remarks
Today we remember -- day that began like so many others. -- rides to school. And commutes to work. Early flights and familiar routines. Quick hugs. And quiet moments. It was a -- Like -- The clear... See More
Today we remember -- day that began like so many others. -- rides to school. And commutes to work. Early flights and familiar routines. Quick hugs. And quiet moments. It was a -- Like -- The clear blue sky. But the sky that would soon be filled with clouds of smoke. And prayers -- and -- nation. Shaken to its core. Even now all these years later. It is easy for those of us live through that -- to close our eyes and to find ourselves back there. Back here. Back when grief crashed over us like an awful way. When Americans everywhere -- held each other tight. Seeking reassurance that the war we knew. Crumbling under our feet. Eleven times we have marks another September 11. Come and gone. Eleven times we have -- and memories. Reflection. Community. And in purpose. This is never an easy day but it is especially difficult for all of you. The families of nearly 3000 innocents who lost their lives. -- mothers and fathers. Or husbands and wives or sons. And your daughter's. They were taken from us suddenly -- far -- so. To Uighur families. The rest of us cannot begin to imagine the pain you've endured these many years. Will never fully understand how difficult has been for your carry on. Someone that strength and rebuild your lives. But no matter how many years -- No matter how many times we come together on this hallowed ground. Notice. -- you'll never be alone. -- loved ones will never before gotten. They will endure in the hearts of our nation. Goes through their sacrifice they helped us. May -- America we are today. America but is merged. Even stronger. Most Americans we lost that they have never considered the possibility that a small band of terrorists half way around the world could -- -- such harm. Most have never heard the name all try to. Yet it's because of their sacrifice that we've come together and dealt a crippling blow. To the organization brought people to our shores. -- qaeda's leadership has been devastated. Osama bin Laden will never threaten us again. Our country safer and our people. Resort. It's true the majority of those who died on September 11 have never put on our country's uniform. And yet they inspired more than five million Americans. Members the 9/11 generation. To Wear that uniform over the last decade. These men and women have done everything. We -- vast. Today. The war in Iraq is over. In Afghanistan we're training Afghan security forces and forging a partnership with the Afghan people. And by the end of 44 -- the longest war in our history will be old. Meanwhile countless stories of open their hearts -- troops or military pamphlets. And our veterans. Eleven years ago memorial services were held for Americans of different races and creeds. Backgrounds and beliefs. And yet instead of turning us against each other. Tragedy has brought us together. I've always said that our fight is with al-Qaeda and its affiliates not -- Islam or any other religion. This country was built as a beacon of freedom and tolerance. That's what's made -- sprawl. Now. And forever. Finally when. Those services -- were taken from -- they left behind unfulfilled. And on unfulfilled work and tests that remain on them. And that's why on -- when others sought to bring this country down we chose to build it up when -- national certain day of service and remembers. Scripture tells us not be overcome by evil. But overcome. Evil -- good. There's no better way to honor the best in those who died -- By discovering the best in ourselves. This anniversary allows us. To renew our faith. That -- even the darkest night gives way to a brighter -- Today we can come here to the Pentagon. Touch these names and kneel beside a building where a single stone stone bears the scars of that fire. We can doesn't -- the -- of Pennsylvania and member of the heroes. Who made it site. -- water cascading. Into the footprints of the Twin Towers. And -- up new tower rising above the New York style. Even though we may never be able to fully left the burden carried by. Those left behind. We know that somewhere. Son is growing up where this father's eyes. And -- daughter has her mother's lap. Living reminders. That those who died or -- there's still. So as painful as the stairs and always will be it leaves us with a -- That no single bad can ever destroy who we are. No act of terrorism. Can ever change. What we stand for. Instead we recommit ourselves to the values that we believe in. Holding firmly. Without wavering. The hope that we -- That's the commitment that we reaffirm today. And that's why when the history books are written. The true legacy of 9/11 will not be one of fear or hate or division. It will be a safer world. A stronger nation. People. More united than ever before. God bless the memories of those we lost. God bless these United States of America.
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