Three years ago the President proclaimed September 11th as Patriot Day.

As I personally reflect on the attacks of September 11th, I want to remember all the Patriots who lost their lives to terrorists.

Eleven years ago, through the ashes of a heart wrenching attack on American soil grew a bond across the United States that strengthened the American resolve. Today we honor the victims of that fatal attack on our Nation.

This anniversary, just over a decade later, a day in September, is a chance to appreciate how far we've come as a military and it is also a reminder that there is still difficult work ahead of us especially as we begin to transition the Afghan National Security Forces. Our discipline and our training will continue to secure our liberties and freedoms that as Americans we have a right to enjoy.

Patriot Day is a day where we honor the innocent lives that ended too soon that bright September morning. The effects of that day still ring fresh in the minds of those left behind.

Today, I want us to reflect on those Patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this Nation: the heroes that served this country with pride - whether fellow service members, first responders or civilians- the heroes that lost their lives just over a decade ago.

We are called upon as Americans and service members to join in honoring the lives that were lost, the heroes who responded in our Nation's hours of need, and the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country at home and abroad.

Patriot Day is our Nation's way of remembering the victims of the September 11th attacks and to remind us the heavy sacrifices that were made. This is a day for us to pay tribute to our Nation's fallen and to never forget our heroes and their sacrifices.