Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) released the following statement regarding the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death as well as President Obama's visit to Afghanistan.
"As we mark the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's death, we do so knowing that we will never forget the pain and devastation caused by the attacks on September 11, 2001. Despite the grief that we will always carry, the death of Osama bin Laden serves as a victory for freedom and liberty.
"We must never forget nor take for granted the bravery and heroism of SEAL Team Six. It is their service and sacrifice, and that of everyone in the United States military and intelligence community, that led to the downfall of one of the world's greatest threats. Credit is also due to the Bush administration for their swift action in initiating the hunt for Osama bin Laden following the September 11th attacks and to the Obama administration for completing the objective.
"Despite Osama bin Laden's death, terrorism remains a very real threat to the United States and to nations across the world. I am pleased that President Obama visited Afghanistan and addressed the American people. As America's role in Afghanistan continues to evolve, one thing remains certain: we must be vigilant. The United States needs to be prepared for a future attack from both foreign and domestic enemies. We must not sway from the mission to protect America.
"As we continue the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, we must prepare for the important work of welcoming our soldiers home. It is essential that we provide our returning troops with the support and resources they need. We must come together to make sure the men and women in uniform who have given so much for us have what they deserve."