WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday "America is stronger and al-Qaida is on the path to defeat" 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president said the country will observe the anniversary "by reaffirming our commitment to always keep faith with" the families of those were killed in the attacks.
"We're honoring the heroism of first responders who risked their lives -- and gave their lives -- to save others," he said. "And we're giving thanks to all who serve on our behalf, especially our troops and military families -- our extraordinary 9/11 Generation.
"At the same time, even as we reflect on a difficult decade, we must look forward, to the future we will build together," he said. "That includes staying strong and confident in the face of any threat. And thanks to the tireless efforts of our military personnel and our intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security professionals -- there should be no doubt. Today, America is stronger and al-Qaida is on the path to defeat."
The president said the United States has "strengthened the partnerships and tools we need to prevail in this war against al-Qaida -- working closer with allies and partners; reforming intelligence to better detect and disrupt plots; investing in our Special Forces so terrorists have no safe haven."
"We're constantly working to improve the security of our homeland as well -- at our airports, ports and borders; enhancing aviation security and screening; increasing support for our first responders; and working closer than ever with states, cities and communities," he said.
Obama said those who attacked the United States in 2001 "wanted to terrorize us, but, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear."
"Yes we face a determined foe, and make no mistake -- they will keep trying to hit us again," he said. "But as we are showing again this weekend, we remain vigilant. We're doing everything in our power to protect our people. And no matter what comes our way, as a resilient nation, we will carry on."