This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States and its people. Some of you enlisted into our Army and others joined the civilian service corps to show your pride and love for our country. Much has changed since that day, but the core functions of our Army stand strong against the tyranny of those who choose to oppose us.

I ask that you take time this weekend to reflect back on that day and remember those we lost on 9/11 and the sacrifices that all of our service members and Department of Defense civilians have made since. Keep in mind that this is far from over and I ask that you stay vigilant, always being aware of your surroundings and report those activities that do not seem right.

Below is an excerpt from President Bush's address on the State of the Union following the 9/11 attacks.

"On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war -- but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks -- but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day -- and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack. Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking: Who attacked our country? The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are some of the murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and responsible for bombing the USS Cole. Al Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money; its goal is remaking the world -- and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere."

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