Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), released the following statement on the ten year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks against our country:
"Today in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shankesville, Pennsylvania and in cities and towns across the county, we remember the day ten years ago, when our great nation came under attack. We watched in horror as planes tore gashes into the World Trade Center towers and brought them down, as black smoke billowed from the Pentagon, and as the earth was scorched in Western Pennsylvania.
"We pause to honor the thousands of innocent lives lost on September 11th. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, all tragically killed that day. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families, who will never be whole again. On this tenth anniversary, we also remember the first responders who rushed into the World Trade Center, heroically risking their lives to save others; so many of those brave individuals never came home. In such sadness, I often turn to Revelation 21:4, and take hope knowing that in the end, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'
"On that day, few of us could ever believe that ten years would pass without another major attack on American soil. We thank the men and women of the Armed Forces, who answered the call to defend our country from the threat of terrorism. We are thankful to our law enforcement agencies, security and intelligence officials for their constant work to thwart attacks upon our nation.
"Ten years later, the threat we face from terrorism is still very real. There are radical extremists who desire nothing more than to strike at the United States again, to murder Americans and attack the very freedoms and ideals we hold dear. That is why we must all remain vigilant here at home, and ready to confront terror threats abroad that threaten our security.
"Today, a decade after September 11th, the day that forever changed America, we remember the thousands of lives lost, and we pledge that we will never forget."