John Pistole, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, made the following remarks in honor of the 2,977 victims of the terrorist attacks that occurred 12 years ago today:
Every year on this date, we at TSA remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and recommit ourselves to prevent another devastating attack.
Twelve years ago, we watched in horror and disbelief as two towers collapsed, the Pentagon smoldered, and a Pennsylvania field was left scarred as a result of the worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people tragically died, and while today is a day for all to remember, our commitment and mission dictate that we never forget.
TSA was created in response to those terrifying events and each of us at TSA has taken on the responsibility to keep America's transportation systems secure and all travelers safe.
The events of 9/11 are a constant and serious reminder of the extreme measures our adversaries will take to attack the people of our great nation.
We are proud to serve the American people and to make sure that such an attack never happens again.