Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement regarding the 10th anniversary of September 11th.
"Today, we pause to honor, remember, and to pray for those taken on 9/11 - at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and aboard those four airplanes. We honor their memories, recall their heroic final moments, and pledge our unwavering compassion and support to the friends and families they left behind. So too do we honor the lives, unwavering commitment, and bravery of the men and women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the War on Terror, who have kept us free and safe from another major attack in the days since.
"Ten years ago today, I was driving to my clinic at Earl K Long Hospital when the radio announced that both Twin Towers had been hit. We then knew America was under attack. I felt, as did we all, incomparable sadness for those lost and anger at those who committed these acts of war - but also incomparably blessed and thankful to be an American and aware of our responsibility to serve our country, however we could. One way we serve is to participate in events which remember 9/11.
"Thousands will gather today in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania at the memorials established to celebrate the lives and remember the sacrifice of the victims of 9/11. But to borrow words from the commemoration of another field of sacrifice, we should recall that we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow the grounds of these memorials, more than did the deaths of those whom we honor. What we can do, and must do, is ensure that this nation, under God, shall not be intimidated nor defeated by those who seek to destroy our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Rather we must preserve these things, as a way of life for us, as an example for all nations and as a hope for all people."