Today is a solemn day that will be difficult for many.  Families of the victims will remember their terrible loss and all Americans will recall the terror and confusion of that awful day.  After witnessing unspeakable acts of hatred, we realized we were at war – a war that we did not start, a war that we did not choose.

In the days, weeks, and months after 9/11, we saw the unity, resolve, and charity of a nation that would not let the terrorists have the final say.  The stories of heroism that surfaced were profound.

High above the Pennsylvania countryside on Flight 93 and in the smoke filled corridors of the trade towers and the Pentagon, everyday Americans summoned up monumental courage and their selfless actions saved countless lives - bringing hope to a grieving nation.  Americans have backbone, steeled with patriotism that the terrorists cannot break.

We also honor today the brave men and women we’ve lost overseas in the war on terror.  By taking the fight to the enemy, they’ve made this nation safer and we will never forget their sacrifice.  I’ve just returned from detainment facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and applaud the successful efforts of our military to capture members of al Qaeda.  As Congress continues to address national security matters, I look forward to passing legislation that will allow us to bring these terrorists to justice.

This evening on the Capitol steps, member of Congress – both Democrats and Republicans – will join together in the singing of “God Bless America,