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Obama, Defense Leaders
Honor Victims, Pledge Resolve

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 – President Barack Obama today reflected on those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, and said today’s anniversary is an opportunity to renew American resolve against those who perpetrated the attacks. Story

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Marine Corps Unveils 9/11 Exhibit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 – The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., unveiled the latest revisions to its Global War on Terror exhibit today, commemorating the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Story

Pentagon 9/11 Families
Remember Lost Loved Ones

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 – Family members of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon who gathered there to remember lost loved ones were joined by President Barack Obama, the first lady and the nation's top defense leaders. Story

Task Force Born on 9/11 Still on Guard

NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 11, 2009 – Army Staff Sgt. Michael Wilson stands watch outside Penn Station, part of a New York National Guard task force that has continuously served since the terrorist attacks eight years ago today. Story

Pentagon Civilians Reflect
On 9/11 at Year-old Memorial

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2009 – On the eve of the eight-year anniversary of 9/11, Pentagon employees who witnessed that tragedy first-hand took time to reflect from inside the memorial built to commemorate that day. Story

Families to Launch Docent
Program at Pentagon 9/11 Memorial

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2009 – Families who lost loved ones during the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon plan to mark the first anniversary of the Pentagon Memorial by introducing a new docent program – and they’re looking for volunteers to help. Story

Chaplain Recalls Attack on Pentagon

FORT JACKSON, S.C., Sept. 11, 2009 - Army Chaplain (Col.) Henry Haynes recalls the tragedy of serving at the Pentagon during 9/11, but also the goodness of Americans in its aftermath. Story

Marine Recalls 9/11 Enlistment Decision

CAMP AL TAQADDUM, Iraq, Sept. 9, 2009 – Marine Corps Sgt. Justin D. Toren, a former farmhand and bull rider, joined the Marines shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and is now on his fourth deployment. Story

From the President

They were daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, spouses and partners, family and friends, colleagues and strangers. They hailed from cities and towns across our nation and world. On September 11, 2001, thousands of innocent women and men were taken from us, and their loss leaves an emptiness in our hearts.
President Barack Obama
September 3, 2009
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Commentary

Revisiting Afghanistan on 9/11

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 – On this eighth anniversary of the worst attacks on U.S. soil in nearly 200 years, and with some Americans skeptical of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, it is helpful to remember how the U.S. military commitment there evolved. Story

Take Time to Remember

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 – The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have become this generation’s Pearl Harbor – both were tragedies that shook our nation to its core. It’s become common to ask, “Where were you that day?” and I’ve never seen anyone lacking in a response. Story