Ambassador Satterfield’s 9/11 Commemoration Remarks

On September 11, 2001, a group of small and hateful minds conspired to threaten the very fiber of our country, seeking to break the American spirit and destroy a free way of life that we share with our many allies and partners around the world. What emerged from the ashes of that day was not defeat — it was the heroism, compassion, and unity of the American people, which no act of terror or hate can ever take away. We also saw the world come together to denounce terrorism and join the United States in responding to the attacks. I thank Turkey and all the members of the NATO Alliance for their solidarity. This September 11th, we recall the true spirit of our Nation following these heinous attacks. We resolve to retain in our hearts the compassion and love of country that we experienced 20 years ago. After the terrorist attacks, memorials worldwide were created to honor the victims of 9/11.  Today, the U.S. Embassy community came together to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and honor the victims by planting a “Survivor Tree” on the grounds of the new United States Embassy in Ankara. A callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” when it was found among the rubble at Ground Zero and replanted at the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City as a symbol of resilience, survival and rebirth. This tree, this memorial, will stand as a living reminder of our resilience and recovery. It will provide a space of remembrance and homage for our Embassy community as well as visitors to our Embassy and create a lasting connection to Ground Zero.  The United States and Turkey have been Allies since Turkey joined NATO in 1952. We stood together against the Soviet threat, we responded to 9/11 together, we remain united in our shared purpose to defeat terrorism. Let us always maintain our resolve.Thank you.