Today, on the 22nd anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we stand together as a community dedicated to defending our nation and pursuing knowledge in the service of freedom and democracy. September 11, 2001, is a date eternally etched in the annals of our history, a day when acts of terror forever changed our world, and heroes emerged to protect the principles that lie at the heart of our mission.
On this anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we pause to remember the lives lost, the families forever impacted, and the countless acts of bravery and sacrifice that occurred in the face of unimaginable adversity. We recognize the first responders who charged into danger, the servicemen and women who defended our nation, and the unity that brought our country together in the aftermath of the attacks.
The events of 9/11 showcased humanity's resolve, courage, and unity when confronted with the gravest of challenges. As a community of scholars, military professionals, and dedicated individuals, we commemorate this day as a solemn occasion and a reminder of our values.
Along the western shore of Del Monte Lake stands the NPS 9/11 Memorial. Crafted from steel salvaged from the World Trade Centers, this monument stands as a perpetual reminder to honor those we lost and to rekindle our commitment to the profound reasons why we serve.
Today, I ask that each of us reflect on the profound significance of this day. Let us remember those who have fallen in defense of freedom and democracy. Let us honor their memory by reaffirming our commitment to the ideals that are the cornerstone of our nation. As a community devoted to the defense and advancement of our nation, let us rededicate ourselves to the principles of unity, courage, and unwavering service that define our mission.
In the face of adversity, we stand united. In the memory of those we lost, we find the strength to continue our pursuit of knowledge and excellence in serving a safe and free world.
In unity and remembrance,
Ann E. Rondeau, Ed.D.
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.)
President, Naval Postgraduate School