Congressman Rivera released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a resolution to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. The resolution was passed by unanimous consent.
"Ten years ago, a group that wished only harm to the United States executed an act of hatred against our nation. The terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 were a direct attack on America's conscience, and unforeseen events became a very real tragedy on our own shores.
"From that day forward, our country, and the world, would never be the same again.
"Yet America did not falter or bend to the will of those who wished us ill. Instead we rose from the ashes of the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and flight United 93 a more resilient and united nation.
"Ten years later we still remember the thousands of innocent lives lost on that fateful day. We must never forget them.
"We are fortunate in this country, to have brave men and women in our armed forces, law enforcement, public safety agencies and the intelligence community who are willing to risk their lives, and do so, to ensure the safety of every American. We owe them our thanks.
"While we have had many victories in the fight against terrorism, we must remain vigilant and aware that the war on terror is far from over, and always strive to ensure that America is safe."