Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
“Though twelve years have now passed since that tragic day on which we were attacked, the pain and heartbreak of September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten. For the loved ones of victims and for those who survived, this anniversary marks a solemn moment to remember the lives lost and lives changed forever. For our nation, it is an opportunity to mourn those no longer with us and to recall the heroism of our first responders who rushed headlong into burning buildings with little regard for the danger to their own safety. To the military personnel who have served in harm’s way since that day, in pursuit of those who attacked us and their accomplices, we extend our heartfelt gratitude and rededicate ourselves to the mission of honoring their sacrifices while meeting our commitment to this nation’s veterans.
“Today, as our troops continue to come home from Afghanistan and serve in defense of our security and interests across the world, America’s strength has grown as a result of the work by our courageous service members and of our holding fast to this nation’s founding principles of democracy, equal justice, and freedom of expression. No one – and no act of terror – will ever shake our commitment to these enduring values. My thoughts and prayers today are with the families of those who were lost as well as with all the military personnel and first responders who continue to stand in defense of our freedom at home and around the world.”