Sunday, September 11, 2011
It was declaration of war by stateless actors bent on changing our way of life who believed these horrible acts, horrible acts of terror directed against innocence could buckle our knees, could bend our will, to begin to break us and break our resolve. But they did not know us. Instead, that same American instinct that set all of you under the breach, galvanized an entire new generation of Patriots. The 9/11 Patriots. Many of them were just kids on that bright September morning. Well like their grandparents on December 7th, 1941, they courageously bore the burden that history had placed on their shoulders. As they came of age, they showed up, they showed up to fight for their country, and they are still showing up. 2,800,000 of that 9/11 generation moved to join our military since the attacks on 9/11 to finish the war begun here that day.
-Vice President Joe Biden