Two years have passed since the terrorist agents of hatred and fear committed their attack on America on September 11th, 2001. On this second anniversary of that day, we pause to remember and honor the innocent men, women, and children who perished in those senseless acts of terrorism in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
Our observances on September 11 also serve as a reminder of the heroes--Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines--who have lost their lives in operations in the war against terrorism. We will not forget, and will long honor, their devotion to this country and the principles we hold dear.
Soldiers are fighting today on behalf of our Nationthey are a critical component of the Joint Team, prosecuting the war on terrorism. In 120 countries around the globe, our Soldiers are serving bravely on the frontiers of freedom, and they and their families set the standard every day for selfless service. For more than 228 years, the Army has never failed the American people, and it never will.
We can all be justifiably proud of the Armys achievements in fighting terror and bringing liberty to the oppressed. The Taliban and al Qaeda are no longer terrorizing the citizens of Afghanistan. The brutal regime of Saddam Hussein has been forcibly removed. Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom are vital parts of this Nations unyielding campaign to destroy international terrorism and to restore global stability.
We pause today to honor those lost two years ago, those lost in the long days since September 11th, and all of their families. The war on terrorism has demonstrated that our Nation and our Army are up to the task thrust upon us. We acknowledge the enduring contributions of the Army during the past two years, and our commitment remains constant. When the Nation calls, we will fight and win decisively.
We are proud of you, our Army familySoldiers, civilians, retirees, veterans, and your families, and you are always foremost in our prayers and in our actions. Thank you for your service, for your sacrifices, and for your steadfast devotion to duty. Your courage, dedication to duty, and selfless service to the Nation are the hallmarks of the United States Army.
God bless each and every one of you and your families, God bless our magnificent Army, and God bless America.