"It's hard to believe that it has been seven years since the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11th. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who lost loved ones on that day as well as with those whose loved one died or continue to suffer health problems as a result of the toxic air they breathed while heroically trying to save the lives of their fellow Americans.
"The memory and impact of that tragedy remain with us forever. We will never forget those who lost their lives or those who have suffered tremendous losses as a result of those callous terrorist attacks. To honor their memory we must always remember the heroism and patriotism that we witnessed on that day. Faced with the most horrific event in modern day U.S. history, people risked their own lives to save the life of a stranger simply because it was the right thing to do. It was the American thing to do. On that day it didn't matter what race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation you were. We were all in this together. And together we rose as one nation to show the world that even in the face of the greatest of tragedies America remained unshaken from its core principles of democracy and freedom.
"As our nation continues to confront great challenges at home and abroad, we draw strength from one another and know that as a collective, unified people, Americans will always remain committed to the principles of freedom and democracy that make our country the greatest country in the world."