UPDATED 6:56 PM PT – Friday, September 10, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked 20 years since September 11. During a commemoration speech on Friday, Blinken honored all Americans who died that day as well as the U.S. troops who paid the ultimate price during the war in Afghanistan.
Blinken expressed gratitude for their service and said the U.S. was humbled by their sacrifice.
“Hundreds of thousands went on to serve in Afghanistan. 2,641 service members gave their lives in that conflict, including 13 men and women who were killed in a terrorist attack a few weeks ago as we brought that war to an end,” he stated. “More than 20,000 of those service members were injured, many with invisible wounds.”
Today, my colleagues and I honored the victims of the #September11, 2001 attacks. On this solemn occasion, we remember the lives of those we lost on that terrible day and the ways in which it changed us as individuals and as a country. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/cDN3u2nrzs
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 10, 2021
Blinken went on to commend U.S. allies for their partnership during America’s longest war.