"Today, we pause to remember the nearly 3,000 men and women who lost their lives in the horrific attacks of 9/11 and to honor the heroes of that terrible day. The people we lost came from all walks of life, all parts of the country, and all corners of the world. What they had in common was their innocence and that they were loved by those they left behind.
"Although it has been eight years since that day, we cannot let the passage of time dull our memories or diminish our resolve. We still face grave threats from extremists, and we are deeply grateful to all those who serve our country to keep us safe. I'm especially proud of the men and women at the Department of Energy who work hard every day to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.
"So as we honor those we've lost, let us also recommit ourselves to protecting and serving the country we love. After all, our future will be determined not by what terrorists tore down but by what we together build up.
"The families of the victims are in all of our thoughts and prayers today."