In honor of Patriot Day, a national day honoring the lives lost and the heroic acts of the American people during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, let us come together again. In our moments of silence, we stand, United, and prove the spirit of our Nation will remember. We will persevere. We will honor those who defend our freedoms. And we will remain strong.

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

former President George W. Bush

“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.”

—Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”

former President Barack Obama

September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.

—Geraldine Brooks