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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On Sept. 11, we pay tribute to the 2,977 lives taken during the attacks on New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon, along with the service members, civilians and families who have since served and sacrificed.

Following the attacks on our country, Americans came together to mourn, to rebuild and to serve. Tens of thousands of volunteers went to ground zero to assist in the recovery efforts. Dedicated workers spent months clearing the rubble and cleaning the city. The call to serve was answered, and the military mobilized to secure our homeland. Americans from all backgrounds united to heal and protect our country.

Today, global threats still exist, and Americans expect a force ready to defeat our nation’s enemies. Our military remains strong because of the resolve of our service members, civilians and families.

On 9/11, the colors of our nation will fly at half-mast. Consider joining in a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time — 7:46 a.m. at Fort Leonard Wood — to remember the sacrifice and the resolve of our fellow Americans.

We are very proud to serve with you.

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