Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, on the East Front Steps of the United States Capitol. Below are the Leader’s remarks:
“Twelve years ago, our nation was shaken, our hearts were broken, and our country came together. All of us remember where we were when the Twin Towers fell, when the Pentagon was struck, when Flight 93 was brought down in Pennsylvania. All of us remember the horrific images of that clear morning – the destruction and devastation, the tragedy and fear, the unimaginable loss. All of us still mourn the men and women – mothers and fathers, family members and friends, office workers and complete strangers – who lost their lives in that great moment of sorrow.
“Out of the sadness of that day, we can never forget, and we must never forget, what came next. No one could ever forget the courage of the firefighters and first responders who ran into the carnage to save others and search for survivors, without regard for their own safety. No one could ever forget the 9/11 families, who turned their grief into action to make America safer, to protect the health of first responders, and to cherish the memories of loved ones forever.
“As we gather on these steps, as we did 12 years ago, no Member of Congress who served then could forget our shared sense of purpose as we sang out the words: ‘God Bless America.’ Americans revere our flag, and we hold in the greatest reverence the flag that flew above Ground Zero, as we cherish the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform who protect us from harm every day. Because of them, because of the acts and deeds of millions of Americans, we found hope in the face of despair, strength in the wake of fear, unity in the shadow of loss. That hope, that strength, and that unity must forever be the enduring legacy of September 11, 2001.
“May the story of that day always inspire us to stay true to the character of our country and our common values as Americans. May time and prayer diminish the pain and grief felt by those who lost loved ones, even as time will never dim the memories of those who perished. And we always pray that God may always continue to bless the United States of America.”