Today, we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We remember the nearly 3,000 lives of men, women, and children who were lost and honor the families who carry on their memories. We also recall the courage of the first responders whose heroic acts saved so many that day.
In honor of the victims of September 11, 2001, President Obama recognized today as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. As President Obama noted, “People from across our country and the world joined together in the days that followed to stand up and turn toward one another with open arms, making of a tragedy something the terrorists could never abide ‑‑ a tribute of hope over fear, and love over hate.”
In remembrance of the victims who lost their lives and in honor of the families they left behind, President Obama has called upon us to spread “hope that others tried to dim that day.” He has asked all Americans to observe this National Day of Service and Remembrance with acts of selflessness and charity. As the President said, “In doing so, we prove once again that the power of those who seek to harm and to destroy is never greater than our power to persevere and to build.”
We commemorate in these ways to rekindle a spirit of unity within our communities and to remember we cannot be intimidated by acts of terrorism. As Secretary Kerry reminds us, “for Americans at home and overseas, shared tragedy brings us together, adds to our vigilance, and strengthens our resolve not only on September 11, but every day of the year.”
For More information:
- Read Secretary Kerry’s full statement on the September 11 Anniversary.
- Read the Presidential Proclamation -- National Day of Service and Remembrance.
- Learn how Americans around the country are remembering September 11 and joining the 9/11 Day Movement.
- Visit Serve.gov to find volunteer opportunities in your community.