Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley honored the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks Saturday at the Pentagon, reflecting on the sacrifices made in response to the deadly day and assuring Americans “your sacrifice was not in vain.”
“One thing I am certain of for every soldier, sailor, airmen and Marine, for every CIA officer, for every FBI agent, for every cop and fireman, you did your duty, your service mattered, your sacrifice was not in vain,” he said from the Pentagon. “Let us resolve here yet again today on this hallowed ground, to never forget, to never forget those who were murdered by terrorists, never forget those who rushed to save their lives.”
The general reflected on the U.S. War on Terror that has since ensued and acknowledged that the U.S. faces the same threats from extremism today, as it did 20 years ago.
“All of the values and principles embedded in our Constitution and made real in our daily lives were paid for with the blood of the fallen on this place at 9:37 a.m. on September 11, 2001,” the general