President Bush says workers at the Department of Homeland Security deserve a "gold star" for their efforts to safeguard America's skies, borders and ports.
The president marked the one-year anniversary of the department with a pep talk for its employees, saying they've "passed every test."
The department was created in response to the 9/11 attacks, merging 22 federal agencies from the Coast Guard to the Secret Service.
Bush says in the past year, workers have accomplished much. But he says they must remain on guard against an enemy that is "wounded" but "not broken."
Democrats are marking the anniversary, too by giving Bush's homeland efforts a failing grade. Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign notes reports that many cities still lack needed funding for first responders, and many ports still haven't gotten grants for tightening security.