Bureau of Public Affairs
September 8, 2006
9/11 – A Remembrance Honoring the World's FallenPDF version
“I am especially reminded of America’s resolve in times of adversity, as we come upon the fifth anniversary of September the 11th. That day, America encountered the darker nature of our world, and our nation’s course was profoundly altered.” —Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Nearly 3,000 people going about their daily lives perished in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 – victims of a series of heinous terrorist attacks. Hundreds of those who lost their lives that day were citizens of other nations.
The world rallied around the United States and the more than 90 other countries suffering 9/11 losses with generous offers of assistance and expressions of condolence. The United States remains grateful to all those countries that stood by us in that dark hour, and that continue to stand with us in our battle against terrorism.
Together we are fighting against the forces of hatred and extremism that have brought death and destruction to many places across the world. But we also are fighting for values and principles that are universal and that are expressed in all of the world’s religions. All faiths teach that life is precious, and no faith condones the deliberate targeting and killing of innocent citizens.
On September 11, 2006, the United States remembers the other nations that five years ago also suffered grievous losses:
We are united with the peoples of these countries in solemn remembrance of those we lost.