9.11 Tenth Anniversary
At the World Trade Center, professionals dedicated to public safety, joined by men and women from countless walks of life, went bravely into harm’s way to save others.
At the Pentagon, colleagues, friends, and strangers came together to rescue those threatened by fire and smoke.
And in the skies over Pennsylvania, the passengers and crew of a once-ordinary flight stood up to their attackers and shattered their plans.
It has been 10 years since the brutal attacks on America. Looking back, we can see the effects they have had and the impact of our country’s response.
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September 11th had a profound effect on our country and our institutions, including the Central Intelligence Agency. We are still guided by the same mission—to protect America—yet we have adapted and evolved to meet the range of challenges posed by al-Qa’ida and its violent allies.
The Agency, which had worked for years against this deadly enemy, responded to the attacks as a team, defined by dedication and skill, and bolstered by the sacrifice of our fellow Americans.
This scorched and tattered flag, recovered from the debris of Ground Zero, hangs in the Office of the Director of CIA. It is a constant reminder of the strength and durability of the nation we serve.