President Obama pays tribute to fallen on 9/11
Obama made the remarks on Wednesday at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. The President said it was an honor to be among members of the Armed Forces and the survivors of the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. He prayed for the memory of the close to 3,000 innocent souls taken that day and for the people who stepped forward in the years of war since.
"We pray for all those who have stepped forward in those years of war -- diplomats who serve in dangerous posts, as we saw this day last year in Benghazi, intelligence professionals, often unseen and unheralded who protect us in every way -- our men and women in uniform who defend this country that we love," Obama said.
Obama said the ceremony was also meant to pay solemn tribute to the more than 6,700 members of the military and the civilians who gave their lives since the attack. He prayed that the U.S. would have strength and wisdom going forward to face future threats.
"Let us have the strength to face the threats that endure, different though they may be from 12 years ago, so that as long as there are those who would strike our citizens, we will stand vigilant and defend our nation," Obama said. "Let us have the wisdom to know that while force is at times necessary, force alone cannot build the world we seek. So we recommit to the partnerships and progress that builds mutual respect and deepens trust and allows more people to live in dignity, prosperity and freedom."
The President closed by expressing hope that the U.S. would have the courage to carry on, no matter how difficult or dark things get.