Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich
9/11 Memorial Service
Hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio
Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends — good evening!
I’d like to thank the Community of Sant’Egidio and Archbishop Paglia for this beautiful prayer service, and for the work that you do to promote global peace and fraternity.
September 11th is a solemn day of remembrance in the United States and around the world.
Nineteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children perished at the hands of terrorists in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
For many people, including some of us here this evening, the vivid memory of that day remains.
The shock and pain that Americans felt on 9/11 quickly transcended borders, and led to an international resolve to defeat terrorism and to protect the innocent.
This evening, we remember and honor those lives that were needlessly taken that day. We also remember those who have lost their lives in the long struggle against terrorism.
May their lives and sacrifices never be forgotten. And may God continue to bless those who work to advance peace and freedom around the world.
Thank you and God bless.