President Obama's Message to 9/11 Families
04:48 PM EDT
President Obama has a message for those who lost loved ones on that terrible day, ten years ago: "We can never replace all that you have lost. But what we can do, what we will do, is honor the memory of your loved ones by being the best country we can be, and by standing with you and your families, now and forever."
The President and Mrs Obama commemorated today's sad anniversary by attending memorial services at the three sites where the planes went down, and once again met with many of the families. The First Family have been touched by the grief that still lingers:
Despite heartache that never goes away, you’ve done what your loved ones would have wanted. You’ve learned to live and laugh and love again. Your courage, your resilience has been an inspiration to my family, and an inspiration to the American people. Through you, we’ve been reminded that, as a people, we don’t simply endure, we can emerge stronger than before.
In quiet moments of remembrance, some of you have shared with Michelle and me the beauty of their lives, the anguish of your loss and the pain of these past ten years. And I realize that there are no words than can ever fill the hole in your hearts.
But today I want to say again—your loved ones live on in you and in the life of our nation, which will never forget them. In their name, we’ll never waver in our efforts to prevent another attack on our shores and to spare other families the heartbreak you have known. In their name, we’ll continue to deliver justice to those who took the people you loved most in the world. And in their name, we will come together, in spirit of national service, to honor your loved ones, as one American family.