Thirteen years ago today, America suffered a horrific attack and the loss of over 3,000 of our own men, women and children. We will never forget the heroism and humanity we saw on display that day. 

It was readily apparent in the noble efforts of our first responders who bravely entered the giant Twin Towers engulfed in flames to rescue those who were trapped, in the amazing courage of the passengers of Flight 93 who thwarted the intentions of the terrorists who had hijacked their aircraft, and in the simple acts of caring and decency of survivors helping and comforting one another. 

Today we remember the loss of our fellow Americans. We pause to appreciate their lives and to pray for the well-being of their families. 

In their name, let us rededicate ourselves to the principles that make America great: personal freedom and equality.