Press Release 2012
UNITED STATES EMBASSY COMMEMORATES THE ELEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ATTACKS
September 11, 2012
On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Embassy community joined together for a ceremony marking this solemn occasion.
Ambassador James Cunningham spoke before a large audience of Afghans and military and civilian Americans, emphasizing the U.S. partnership with Afghanistan to ensure such attacks are never repeated.
“The terrorists who perpetrated the attacks on America eleven years ago, and those who today are killing their fellow Muslims, who shamefully even send children to kill children, those people aim to destroy. Our aim is to build. And we are building a partnership with Afghanistan that will endure far into the future,” he said.
Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan Gen. John R. Allen spoke of looking forward into Afghanistan’s future in order to honor those who have lost their lives. He quoted an Afghan poem: “where there is ruin, there is the hope of treasure.”
Embassy employees paused for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to express solidarity with their families and loved ones, and to honor Afghan and international victims of terrorism.