Peter Roskam, 6th Congressional District Representative, released this statement:
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.”
8TH Congressional District Representative Joe Walsh also released a statement.
Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-08) released the following statement in remembrance of September 11, 2001.
“We must always remember and never forget those who perished on September 11, 2001. As we stand together to mourn their loss, let us also honor the brave men and women who faced the flames to rescue the wounded, the helpless, and all those in danger. We will never forget them, nor those we have lost since in the struggle for freedom and liberty.
“On this day of remembrance, we cannot, we must not, forget that this fight is not over. We, the living, must rededicate ourselves to the great task before us: to ensure that our nation forever remains that shining city on a hill, a beacon of freedom to all those who still live in tyranny and darkness.”
14TH District Rep. Randy Hultgren passes along this video to commorate 9/11.