Washington, D.C.- Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders delivered remarks at the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony today on the West Front steps of the Capitol to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Below are the Speaker's remarks:
“President Lincoln once referred to the harsh artillery of time, referencing it as something that could dull the memory. Hopefully, the harsh artillery of time will dull the pain for those who suffered so much on 9/11. But there is no harsh artillery of time that will dull our memory of the events that happened that day.
“Once again, we gather to observe the unforgettable horror of 9/11. We gather to convey our deepest sympathy to the families of 9/11, many of whom turned their grief into strength to make America safer. They deserve our deepest gratitude and will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
“And no harsh artillery of time will dull the memory of the courageous first responders: police, firefighters, emergency service people, the construction workers who came to the rescue, in many cases losing their lives in order to save others. We must honor them not only with our words, but by meeting the health needs of those whose problems linger to this day.
“Across the globe, Americans in our military and our intelligence service and our diplomatic services are battling terrorism to better protect our nation. And across our country, our first responders are protecting the American people keeping them safe at home. We salute all of them for their patriotism, for their courage, and for the sacrifices they and their families are making for their country.
“Earlier this morning, thousands of people gathered at the Pentagon for the dedication by President Bush of the Pentagon Memorial. It is truly an inspirational tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 in Virginia. For them, and for all in Pennsylvania and New York who suffered and died on that day, we now observe a moment of silence.”