Remarks of President Barack Obama on 9/11

This week, we mark the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks. It’s a time to remember the nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children we lost, and the families they left behind. It’s a chance to honor the courage of the first responders who risked their lives – on that day, and every day since. And it’s an opportunity to give thanks for our men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed, sometimes far from home, to keep our country safe.
这个星期,我们纪念9.11遇袭事件11周年。在这个时刻,我们追念失去的近3,000名无辜的男女老少,也向他们的家人表示慰问。在这个时刻,我们向紧 急救援人员表示敬意,他们在那一天和此后的日日夜夜冒着生命的危险舍己救人。在这个时刻,我们感谢为国服务和做出奉献的男女军人,他们一心保卫我们的国 家,有时还需要远离家乡。

This anniversary is about them.  It’s also a time to reflect on just how far we’ve come as a nation these past eleven years.

On that clear September morning, as America watched the towers fall, and the Pentagon burn, and the wreckage smoldering in a Pennsylvania field, we were filled with questions.  Where had the attacks come from, and how would America respond?  Would they fundamentally weaken the country we love?  Would they change who we are?

The last decade has been a difficult one, but together, we have answered those questions and come back stronger as a nation.

We took the fight to al Qaeda, decimated their leadership, and put them on a path to defeat.  And thanks to the courage and skill of our intelligence personnel and armed forces, Osama bin Laden will never threaten America again.

Instead of pulling back from the world, we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home.  As Americans, we refuse to live in fear.  Today, a new tower rises above the New York skyline.  And our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.
我们没有在世界上退守一隅。相反,我们加强了联盟的力量,同时改善了国内的安全。作为美国人,我们决不在恐惧中生活。今天,一栋新的高楼在纽约地平线上升起。 我国日益强盛,更为安全, 在全世界受到更大的尊重。

Instead of turning on each other, we’ve resisted the temptation to give in to mistrust and suspicion.  I have always said that America is at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates – and we will never be at war with Islam or any other religion.  We are the United States of America.  Our freedom and diversity make us unique, and they will always be central to who we are as a nation.

Instead of changing who we are, the attacks have brought out the best in the American people.  More than 5 million members of the 9/11 Generation have worn America’s uniform over the past decade, and we’ve seen an outpouring of goodwill towards our military, veterans, and their families.  Together, they’ve done everything we’ve asked of them. We’ve ended the war in Iraq and brought our troops home.  We brought an end to the Taliban regime. We’ve trained Afghan Security Forces, and forged a partnership with a new Afghan Government.  And by the end 2014, the transition in Afghanistan will be complete and our war there will be over.
我们没有丧失我们的本色。相反,面对这些袭击事件,美国人民展示了最优秀的品质。10年来, 500多万 “9.11一代人”穿上了军装。我们看见军人、老兵及其家人处处受到无比热情的欢迎。他们同心协力完成了我们要求他们做的任何一件工作。我们结束了在伊拉 克的战争,撤回了我们的军队。我们推翻了塔利班政权。我们为阿富汗安全部队提供训练,与阿富汗新政府建立了伙伴关系。到2014年底,阿富汗将完成过渡, 我们在那里的战事将最后结束。

And finally, instead of turning inward with grief, we’ve honored the memory of those we lost by giving back to our communities, serving those in need, and reaffirming the values at the heart of who we are as a people.  That’s why we mark September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.  Because we are one American family.  And we look out for each other – not just on the difficult days, but every day.

Eleven years later, that’s the legacy of 9/11 – the ability to say with confidence that no adversary and no act of terrorism can change who we are.  We are Americans, and we will protect and preserve this country we love.  On this solemn anniversary, let’s remember those we lost, let us reaffirm the values they stood for, and let us keep moving forward as one nation and one people.
11年来,9.11留下的遗产——有能力自信地说,任何敌人和任何恐怖主义行为都无法改变我们的本色。作为美国人,我们将捍卫和维护我们热 爱的这个国家。在这个隆重的纪念日到来之际,让我们铭记我们失去的生命,让我们重申他们坚持的价值观,让我们的国家和人民继续奋勇向前。