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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today, the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
"Today, our nation and our people commemorate the fifth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in America's history. This is a solemn day for all Americans to pause and to remember the innocent men, women and children who perished or were injured due to the evil acts of men consumed by a murderous ideology. We will never forget those who were lost or injured.
"9/11 also is a day to honor the courage and heroism of the first responders – and in some cases the civilians turned rescuers – who selflessly put their own lives in harm's way as they sought to help their fellow citizens. In the aftermath of this treacherous attack on 9/11, thousands of Americans have worked – and continue to work – tirelessly to improve our nation's security and to protect our people. They deserve our praise and our thanks.
"Finally, 9/11 is a day of resolve. The horrific attacks of 9/11 awakened our nation and the American people to a mortal danger that threatens our way of life and our very existence. We are resolved to protect the American people and our homeland; we have no higher duty. We also are absolutely committed to the defeat of terror and tyranny, and the advance of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and tolerance."