The anniversary of the heart-wrenching events of September 11, 2001 brings back up memories every year.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke at the Pentagon in honor of the victims and those that sacrificed their lives that day. He also had a message for the terrorists out there.
“For while we had never asked for this fight, we are steadfastly committed to seeing it through as President Trump has made abundantly clear,” Mattis said.
“Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting us, they could scare us that day,” Mattis continued. “But we Americans are not made of cotton candy. We are not seaweed drifting in the current. We are not intimidated by our enemies, and Mr. President, your military does not scare.”
“Men and women of your armed forces, America, have signed a blank check to the protection of the American people and to the defense of our constitution. A check payable with their very lives,” Mattis said. “Your military stands ready and confident to defend this country, this experiment in Democracy. And we will continue to do so using all means necessary, and as long as necessary.
Mattis remembers and honors in his speech, but he also committed that the job isn’t over yet.
“So today, we remember the loss of so many in New York City, in a somber field in Pennsylvania, and here in this very building behind me, and in many battles since, and some of those battles, still raging,” Mattis said.
“As former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld observed, on 9/11 every year we again are mindful and resolute that their deaths – like their lives – shall have meaning, and that is in how we carry forward our responsibility to protect America,” Mattis said.
General Mattis understands that Al Qaeda is still out there, but is determined to end them for good.