Remarks as prepared for delivery
Good morning and thank you all for being here. It is an honor to stand with this group of friends and colleagues as we gather to observe this solemn occasion. At this time, I ask you to please join me in a moment of silence.
Thank you. The events of September 11, 2001, transformed our entire nation – and touched each of our lives. 18 years after the most deadly terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil, we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that were taken – joining together to mourn their loss, to remember their lives, and to embrace their legacy.
Here at the Department of Justice – as we honor the memories of those who were lost, including more than 70 members of our law enforcement family, we also re-commit to the American values that have defined this great nation – and guide the work we do every day.
I am inspired by everything that each of you do in service to this Department and our nation as we continue to face incredible demands in responding to threats to the safety and security of our great nation.
Department employees work long hours and display the incredible resolve necessary to battle enemies that seek nothing less than to end the freedoms of our culture – of free speech, freedom of religion, and equal opportunity for all. Maintaining our national security will always be a top priority for the Department, and Attorney General Barr and I are dedicated to providing the leadership and support to carry out that critical Department mission.
Today we are better equipped to face the challenges of ever evolving global threats. However, there is always more work to be done as our adversaries sustain their goals to silence our proud nation.
On this day of remembrance, may we bring to mind the brave men and women who were lost 18 years ago and honor their sacrifice by continuing our great mission in service to the American people. I thank each of you for what you have done to make our nation stronger, safer against unrelenting enemies, and more just.
God bless those who were lost on September 11, 2011. God bless our American families. And God bless you all.