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Statement by Nikki Haley on the 22nd Anniversary of September 11

September 11, 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Nikki Haley released the following statement on the 22nd anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

"Twenty-two years ago, the soul of America was shaken in a way we had never felt before. Terrorists came into America and murdered thousands of our citizens on our soil. We will never forget the precious lives lost and the heroes who emerged—the firefighters who rushed into the towers, the airline passengers who gave their lives to save others, and so many who showed their courage on that terrible day.

"Today, we have a new generation of young Americans who did not live through the horrors of 9/11. It's our job to remind them that real evil exists in this world. The strength of America will prevail when we remember we are not immune from countries that want to destroy us.

"In spite of the horrors of 9/11, what followed was the best of the American spirit. Americans rallied and united. Men and women, including my husband Michael, enlisted to defend our freedom and defeat evil. We saw a strong and proud America that refused to cower.

"Some say our nation is too divided and will never come together like it did in the days following 9/11. I refuse to believe that. The American spirit is alive and well—we just need to tap into that spirit and remember how even on our worst day we are blessed to live in America."

Nikki Haley, Statement by Nikki Haley on the 22nd Anniversary of September 11 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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