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Remembering September 11

In the days following September 11, 2001, the Nation came together to cope with the attacks on New York, Washington, and Shanksville.  As we dealt with the fear and uncertainty that beset the Nation, we grew stronger, and proved that our shared values are more resilient than anything that may come our way. 

Much has changed in the last decade.  The dedicated men and women across our Nuclear Security Enterprise continue to meet the new challenges, priorities, and opportunities that came out of this tragedy.  NNSA has been instrumental in shaping policies and creating technologies to make the world a safer place.

We continue to be on the front lines of the fight to prevent nuclear proliferation.  Our scientists and engineers continue to push the frontiers of discovery.  We have helped thousands of first responders receive one-of-a-kind training in nuclear and radiological response, making them better prepared in the event of another disastrous attack.  Additionally, our efforts help the intelligence community better understand and prepare for the realities of a post-9/11 world on a daily basis. 

This weekend, in honor of the lives lost and the many heroes of that day, I ask that you participate in a one-minute moment of silence on Sunday at 1:00PM EDT.  At that time, businesses, houses of worships, fire and police departments, and others will ring bells and sound sirens as America observes this Moment of Remembrance.

As we reflect on the lives lost on 9/11, we also look forward to years of continued progress and the implementation of an unprecedented nuclear security agenda that keeps the American people safer than the day before.  The importance of NNSA’s work will only grow in the years ahead and I am confident that our Enterprise is up to the task.

Thomas D'Agostino