September 11, 2001 : Attack on America
Statement of the Secretary of the Navy; September 12, 2001

From the Secretary of the Navy
The Honorable Gordon R. England
The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12 September 2001

America's naval forces share in the loss and sorrow of yesterday's attack. Our men and women in uniform, civilians and contractors were part of the nation's family that gave their lives for liberty, freedom and our way of life.

In the face of an unseen enemy and unknown dangers, the Pentagon's evacuation was punctuated by anonymous acts of bravery and kindness by countless Navy and Marine Corps service members and civilians.

In the days ahead, we will learn more about these attacks, will remain vigilant and will be prepared to carry out the president's orders.

We will spare no effort to protect the American people and support our commander in chief's pledge to bring to justice the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

As we have throughout our history, our nation will overcome this tragedy and emerge with an even stronger resolve to our fundamental principles and values.

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and I know that our prayers are with the victims, their families, and our commander in chief. God bless America.

Gordon England

Secretary of the Navy


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