HOUSE RECOGNIZES 9-11 ANNIVERSARY, VOWS VIGILANCE IN WAR ON TERROR
WASHINGTON, D.C. ...The House of Representatives today paid tribute to those innocent Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, those who gave their lives to save others, and those who are fighting the war on terrorism. The House also vowed to provide the tools necessary to fight and win the global war on terror.
"September 11, 2001, will forever be forged in the hearts and minds of all Americans," stated Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX/4). "This day changed the course of history, as did December 7, 1941, and launched a War on Terror that will continue for the foreseeable future until terrorism is defeated."
"This week we remember the tragic events of 9-11, the loss of so many innocent lives, and the heroism of firefighters, law enforcement, other responders and brave Americans who lost their lives in their efforts to save others. We grieve for these lost Americans and extend our sympathy to their families and friends," Hall said.
"We also reaffirm America's resolve in the War on Terror. We offer our strongest support and our prayers for the brave men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and look forward to the day when they can come home honorably."
"We are encouraged by the millions of liberated Iraqis who participated in the first free election in their nation's history. They are working to establish their government and to support and protect themselves, and our assistance is critical to their success."
The House-passed resolution also expresses America's deepest gratitude to the military, intelligence and law enforcement personnel serving both at home and abroad in the war on terrorism and to all foreign nations and their citizens who have assisted in the global war.
"The challenges of fighting terrorism are enormous," Hall noted. "America is safer today than five years ago, but danger is ever-present. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."