A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:
Roskam Statement on Eleventh Anniversary of 9/11
Washington, DC—Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack:
“Today, we pause in memory of the tragic losses our nation suffered on September 11, 2001. Eleven years ago, we witnessed with terror and disbelief as the Twin Towers were reduced to rubble, as the walls of the Pentagon were demolished, and as United Flight 93 tore a gash into a Shanksville, Pa. field, saving an untold number of American lives. Eleven years ago, our nation was the victim of unthinkable violence, which irreversibly altered life as we knew it.
“But our perspective today, eleven years later, offers us a chance to see how we have changed as a country – and we were all changed on that day. Eleven years ago, we found ourselves vulnerable and heartbroken; but from those moments of anguish, we discovered greater strength, resolve and community within ourselves, our neighbors and the strangers we pass every day.
“Today, we honor the victims of September 11th, whose memories inspire us to work each day in hope of a more secure nation. We honor their families, who still grieve for the loved ones lost that day. We honor the first responders, who heroically risked, and in many cases, gave their own lives to save men and women they’d never met. And we honor those who answered the call to serve in our Armed Forces, who have fought bravely in the face of great peril to defend us at home and abroad.
“Today, we feel assured that sacrifices we’ve made in the last eleven years have created a safer nation, proud of its efforts to eradicate terrorism and bring our enemies to justice. Still, the campaign of terror lingers, and in the face of its threats, we are reminded what it is that we have fought for, what we stand for, and we will protect at all cost: that the American ideals of freedom, liberty and democracy will triumph; that we will always resist tyranny; and that we will never surrender the promise of a brighter future.”
An email from Congressman Joe Walsh:
Eleven years ago today, we were attacked by terrorists on our nation’s soil. On that day we lost heroes, loved ones and friends. It was an attack that sought to undermine the American values that we all love and share.
However, true to form, the American people showed resilience and strength. The United States of America has never been one to stand down. We pulled together as a people and moved forward to address our new challenges in a post 9/11 world.
We cannot and will not forget the events of September 11, 2001. We will never forget those that were lost, and we will never forget that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.