RWPC Members Reflect on 9/11 Anniversary
WASHINGTON –Members of the Republican Women's Policy Committee have released statements reflecting on the 12th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. Below is a summary of their reflections:
Chairwoman Renee Ellmers
"Twelve years ago our world was changed forever as terror pierced the clear blue sky and took the lives of thousands of innocent Americans. This day will never come easy as we remember who we were, who we are, and how sacred our values will always be. We are one nation, united forever in the sacrifices of those who came before us and the will to succeed in the face of evil. My thoughts and prayers remain with the friends and families of those who were lost and those who continue to struggle with an emptiness that can never be filled and loved ones who never came back. We will never forget."
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
"Today we mourn the 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on that fateful September day twelve years ago. We will never forget the friends, family and neighbors we lost in the attacks, nor will we forget how the events of that day brought our country together. We will always remember the heroes running into the towers and the Pentagon as others were running out, and remember the heroic passengers on Flight 93 that was bravely brought down in a Pennsylvania field. We thank God that such men and women lived. And to those troops defending our nation overseas, you are owed the deepest and most sincere debt of gratitude. It’s because of your selfless sacrifices that the United States will remain the land of the free and the home of the brave."
Congresswoman Diane Black
"None of us will ever forget September 11, 2001. We will remember the surreal images displayed across our television screens; we will remember hugging our children a little tighter as we tucked them into bed that night; and we will remember the comforting words of our commander in chief, pledging that while terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, they cannot touch the foundation of America. The events of that day left lasting scars but they proved that nothing can shake the will of a people rooted in faith and united for the cause of freedom. Twelve years later, we look back with solemn remembrance, vowing that terrorism will never triumph, and that, with God’s continued guidance and blessings on our nation, our best days still lie ahead."
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
"Twelve years ago, the United States was senselessly targeted in an unprovoked attack. We lost over 3,000 of our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and companions that clear September day. An attack meant to diminish the light of America’s experiment in democracy has resulted in the spread of freedom abroad and physical security here at home. One by one, our nation’s armed forces are bringing to justice those who seek to do us harm."
Congresswoman Susan Brooks
"Like all Americans, I mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11 with a heavy heart. We must never forget the nearly 3,000 innocent civilians who died that day and we must remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of our citizens. At a time when our nation faces many serious issues, it’s important to take a moment to remember the spirit that prevailed in the days following 9/11. As Americans, there is so much more that binds us together than pulls us apart. Those who seek to do us harm will never succeed in their efforts to extinguish America’s resolve. Our shared values of liberty, equality and justice will always prevail."
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito
“Twelve years ago our nation was shaken to its core by terrorist attacks, but we did not falter. Instead, we showed the rest of the world that America is a nation united in the love of country and deeply rooted in the ideals of democracy. Over a decade later, we remember the lives that were lost on that horrific day and the first responders who risked everything to save innocent victims. We also honor the men and women in uniform who have given their lives or sustained injuries in the defense of freedom. Today is a day to recognize the strength of the American spirit and the continued vigilance of the service members who put their lives on the line to protect it. We are forever indebted to our military men and women for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make on a daily basis."
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx
"Last year on this day we were again reminded that freedom has its foes. We mourn the lives of the four dear Americans we lost to terror in Benghazi and pledge justice on their behalf. To the families bound together by this tragic date eleven years apart, we promise our continued prayers for peace, and we take comfort that the nearness of Almighty God is always with the brokenhearted. September 11, another infamous date for our Republic, revealed the strength and resolve of American character, and proved once again to the adversaries of liberty that the champions of freedom will not be stopped. We will never waiver, we will not cede strength, and we will stand firm as the last best hope of earth."
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
"On this day, as government buildings at home and abroad fly the American flag at half-staff, I urge citizens throughout Missouri’s Fourth District and elsewhere in our country to lower their flags to half-staff in honor of the victims of both the 2001 and 2012 terrorist attacks on our people and our institutions. We will always remember those who were lost and strive to remain vigilant and guard the freedom so selflessly secured by patriots of long ago and patriots of today. May their actions inspire courage anew today and always."
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins
"As we honor the 9-11 heroes, victims, and their families and friends left behind, I ask Americans to pray for our brave service men and women stationed around the world who protect us here at home each and every day. We will never forget those we lost in these attacks, and it is my hope this anniversary will serve as a reminder of this great nation’s strength, resilience and commitment to the cause of freedom."
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
"Today we remember the firefighters who ran into those burning buildings, the heroes of United Flight 93, and all the moms and dads who left for work that morning and never came home. We remember the courage of the first responders, the selflessness of strangers, and the prayers that echoed with heavy hearts around the world. We remember a nation in mourning, bound by a shared love of America and an unwavering commitment to its people. Twelve years after that deadly September morning, we remain more committed than ever to protecting American freedom, defeating terrorism around the world, and preserving an American spirit that remains unshakable. But today, let us simply remember."
Congresswoman Candice Miller
"America was targeted in 2001 because we were the world’s leading champion of human liberty and the idea that all men are created equal. We remain so today. We should be proud that our nation’s founding principles survived the darkness of September 11th. And thankful to those, many of them grade school children in need of protection themselves 12 years ago, who have since joined the fight to preserve our freedom on battlefields across the world. We pray for their safe return. Above all today, we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and pledge to remain unyielding in our determination that neither they nor those who have died defending us since died in vain. God bless America."
Congresswoman Kristi Noem
"Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. We will never forget the nearly 3,000 Americans who died in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, nor will we forget the selfless effort of the brave first responders and everyday heroes who ran into the flames and crumbling buildings. This day also marks the one-year anniversary of the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. I hope Americans use today to reflect upon the service offered to our country and the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in that act of terror, including the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens. I ask all South Dakotans to join me in taking a moment today to reflect on those who lost their lives and pray for continued healing for their loved ones."
Congresswoman Martha Roby
"I remember turning on the television and seeing the horror unfold. I went to college in New York (NYU), and what I saw on television was just too real. I had friends who still lived in the city who I immediately called to make sure they were safe. But I also remember how the American people responded with unity and determination to defend this land, and defend one another. How we were truly one people rallying around each other and not letting our differences get in the way of what we had to do. Twelve years and two wars later, we are a weary, divided nation. But I hope one day soon we can get back to that uniquely American spirit of unity and sense of togetherness that throughout history has helped make us the exceptional nation."
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
"Today on this solemn day, the world remembers and honors the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who perished on that fateful September 11 morning twelve years ago. The barbaric and cowardly acts of terrorists will forever be ingrained in our memories. But our memories of those lost and of the heroes who ran into the danger to try to save their fellow men and women will remain stronger. We will never forget how our country stood resolute and united in the face of evil and promised to take all appropriate measures to prevent America from falling victim to this kind of tragedy."
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski
"In the aftermath of this tragic day, the American people persevered to demonstrate that our patriotism and love for country will not falter to cowardly acts of terrorism. On the twelfth anniversary, we also extend our deepest appreciation to our brave men and women in uniform and their families who continue to serve this nation and protect our homeland. In observance of September 11th, the American people stand together to pay tribute to the fallen and recognize the unwavering strength and courage of this great nation."
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