This being 12 years after 9-11, let us not forget those lives lost on that tragic day in 2001. God Bless all who lost their lives. We will never forget. America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world, we must lead the international community to confront threats and challenges together, and that we must use all tools of American power to protect our citizens and our interests. God bless the men and women of the United States Military, and God protect the members of the Intelligence Community that work everyday sacrificing their lives to protect our great nation. Since our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, you have served on the front lines in directly confronting the dangers of the 21st century. Because of your service, plots have been disrupted, American lives have been saved, and our Allies and partners have been more secure. Your triumphs and even your names may be unknown to your fellow Americans, but your service is deeply appreciated. "