Sept. 11 is a solemn day for Americans everywhere, even those of us who are residents of an unincorporated territory 9,000 miles away from the sites of the single worst terrorist attacks in the nation’s history.

We will never forget that thousands of our fellow countrymen and women, and people from many other nations, who were passengers on the four hijacked flights or worked at the terrorist targets in New York and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.

We also pay tribute to the men and women in uniform, both in the military and civilian law enforcement, and thousands of others who have died since that day in service to our nation as defenders of the democratic ideals of peace and freedom and to prevent a tragedy of that scale from ever happening again.

We especially remember the men and women of Guam and Micronesia who have fallen in service to our country over the past 18 years and we pray with gratitude for those from our islands who stand in service to our nation and our island today.

While we are grateful that a repeat of the events of 9/11 have to date been prevented, we share the concern and alarm that many Americans feel at the often confusing, chaotic, and disconcerting diplomatic and security policy as it is being conducted at the very highest levels of our national government today, including on the Korean Peninsula.

We join all America in praying for stable, thoughtful, and productive foreign diplomatic and national security policy in the months and years ahead.

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