Secretary Clinton spoke at the commemoration of the first annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Tonight, Secretary Clinton delivered the keynote address at MyGoodDeed and ServiceNation’s commemoration of the first annual National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. The September 11th and service communities worked for years to achieve this annual observance, formalized in federal legislation enacted in April 2009. The law, formally named the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, received strong bipartisan support from Congress. Tonight's event, attended by thousands of members of the September 11 and civilian and military service communities, took place at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
In her remarks, Secretary Clinton said, "Today, we know that the threat of violent extremism still remains. And our nation has to be vigilant. We have to be strong in the face of those who would seek to do harm to our people, our nation, and our values. By coming together to honor those who lost and who gave their lives eight years ago, we renew our strength to move forward in the face of both old and new challenges, and we come together to invigorate the values that have defined our country and our people for more than 200 years."
The Secretary continued, "The response of New Yorkers and Americans to the 9/11 attacks were not scripted. They weren’t orchestrated. They were the acts of people who instinctively – reflexively – summoned the best within themselves to help others in harm’s way. And while these were individual acts, they represented a collective and uniquely American characteristic: a willingness and a pride in serving others....This country was built and has endured on a tradition of service. It’s a common thread that binds Americans of all generations together."