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Today, President Obama marked the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks as a National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives. In his weekly address, President Obama said:
"Today, we pause to remember a day that tested our country. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the deadliest attack on American soil in our history. ...[W]hile nine years have come and gone since that September morning, the passage of time will never diminish the pain and loss forever seared in the consciousness of our nation.
"...And on this day, we recall that at our darkest moment, we summoned a sense of unity and common purpose. We responded to the worst kind of depravity with the best of our humanity.
"So, each year at this time, we renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act of terror and who continue to plot against us -- for we will never waver in defense of this nation. We renew our commitment to our troops and all who serve to protect this country, and to their families. But we also renew the true spirit of that day. Not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. Not the desire to destroy, but the impulse to save.""...This is a time of difficulty for our country. And it is often in such moments that some try to stoke bitterness -- to divide us based on our differences, to blind us to what we have in common. But on this day, we are reminded that at our best, we do not give in to this temptation. We stand with one another. We fight alongside one another. We do not allow ourselves to be defined by fear, but by the hopes we have for our families, for our nation, and for a brighter future. So let us grieve for those we've lost, honor those who have sacrificed, and do our best to live up to the values we share -- on this day, and every day that follows."
In honor of the day, the Corporation for National and Community Service is supporting hundreds of service activities in all fifty states. Thousands of volunteers are anticipated to take part. You can join this effort and honor, through service, the memories of those who perished by visiting serve.gov to find a volunteer opportunity near you.
Remembering September 11 nine years later, Secretary Clinton said, "Families and communities...pulled together to turn tragedy into a new birth of service and tolerance. We remember the pain of loss, but also the pride in our people and our country.""Today I join with all Americans in honoring those who lost their lives on that terrible day. My thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families, with those people who continue to suffer lasting health effects, and with the courageous men and women who are fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere to defeat those responsible for the attacks. Let us keep all of them in our hearts today and every day."