The more that time passes, the more we tend to forget the stark terror and horrible outcome of the terrorist attacks which killed so many, while at the same time awakening the nation to the worldwide terrorist threat.
The passing of time, however, doesn’t dim the memory of just how bad this attack was, how weak we felt in its aftermath and the extent to which we have gone after terrorists and international terrorism in the decade that followed.
Nor does it diminish the personal responsibility we feel for the attack as many of the terrorists passed through Logan Airport without notice on their way to their destiny.
We are a different nation today just as it is a different world today.
We have stemmed the terrorist tide – at least in as much as we have been able to make the nation secure from another September 11 style attack.
We again on this anniversary remember those from our communities who died as a result of the attacks. We remember them as Americans and as innocents and we take this anniversary as an opportunity to renew the pledge of never again.
Never again can we allow such a thing to happen.
Never again can we allow those determined to kill us to feel they are free to do so.
Remember the lessons of September 11, 2001.
Remember the dead. Praise the dead. Protect the living.