"September 11, 2001 is a day that we as a nation will never forget. We can all remember where we were when we heard news of the attacks. And all of us watched in horror and disbelief as the images played throughout the day on television. The world dramatically changed from that day on.
"Today, we honor the innocent lives lost in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and we remember the incredible acts of bravery and selflessness we witnessed as our fellow Americans put their own lives in grave danger to protect and rescue the innocent victims.
"The attack on September 11 was a cowardly attack on the values we stand for as Americans, but our country will always stand for freedom and we will always fight for liberty. The men and women in our armed forces and intelligence communities have been steadfast in the mission to defeat the terrorists responsible for the attacks and to keep our families safe at home.
"Let us always remember all those who have been directly or indirectly affected by the events of that fateful day. Maintaining our nation as the beacon of freedom in the world is our duty as we honor the lives lost.