Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 9, 2011

For me, and for many Americans, 9/11 will always be a day that represents humanity at its worst, and humanity at its best. So many experienced senseless violence, and tragic, unspeakable loss. But we also witnessed the heroism, generosity, and courage of the American people—and we were touched by the compassion of citizens from around the world.

Today, we continue to be inspired by the firefighters, police officers, rescue workers and citizens who ran into burning buildings, provided medical care, and saved lives.

On this 10th anniversary we can help redefine 9/11 for a new decade as a symbol of resilience and dedication to helping our neighbors. By committing a day or even an hour to serving others, we can transform the memory of grief into a hopeful future. We can create a living memorial to all the brave men and women who showed the world the best that America has to offer.

This September, what will you do to remember? Will you take time to paint a school, plant a tree, or tutor a child? Wherever you are from, you can demonstrate the common humanity that binds us together and makes our societies and our world stronger.

So let’s stand up and continue to build a more peaceful and prosperous world together. Thank you.