Remembrance of September 11th 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Remarks of U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
Congressional Remembrance Ceremony
West Front Steps, U.S. Capitol, September 11, 2008
"Seven years ago today, a small band of wicked men attacked America and all that it represents.
"They had hoped we would remember that day and their terrible deeds with fear and confusion and doubt. And, of course, this day will always be a day of sadness for Americans.
"But September the Eleventh has also become a day of solemn pride for our country - solemn pride in the memory of the courage and the sacrifice we saw.
"And as long as Americans remember September 11th, the heroism of the firefighters, police, emergency personnel and of ordinary citizens will not be forgotten.
"Nor the generosity of millions, moved by sympathy and grace, who offered their time, their money, and their heartfelt prayers for the victims and for the loved ones they left behind.
"We will always remember too the many brave men and women of our armed forces who have fought to prevent another attack, especially those who did not come home.
"And we remember those who still fight, because this war on terror goes on.
"We also remember today those who have defended and still defend the homeland in cities and towns across America and the world.
"We may not know their names. But through lives of silent service they have kept us safe. And for that, they have our thanks.
"On this solemn day, we remember all these things.
"And, though surely sad, we find new confidence in the strength and goodness of America."