President Obama delivered a moving speech this morning reflecting on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, remembering the loss of many loved ones and heralding the sacrifice of those who put themselves in harm’s way.
For many people, the president said, “fifteen years may seem like a long time,” but not for people who still hold those painful memories in their hearts of the last time they spoke to their loved ones.
He told the families, “Your steadfast love and faithfulness has been an inspiration to me and to the entire country.”
Obama took the opportunity to talk about the progress the United States has made since then in combating terrorists, declaring “they will never be able to defeat a nation as great or as strong as America.”
“The most enduring memorial to those we lost,” he said, “is ensuring the America that we continue to be, that we stay true to ourselves, that we stay true to what’s best in us, that we do not let others divide us.”
Obama concluded with these words:
“As Americans, we do not give into fear. We will preserve our freedoms and the way of life that makes us a beacon to the world. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you. Write them on the tablet of your heart. And how we conduct ourselves as individuals and as a nation, we have an opportunity each and every day to live up to the sacrifice that those we have lost.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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