Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) issued the following statement on the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
"Today, we as a nation commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. This anniversary is yet again a sobering moment for our country and a reminder that we must always remember those who perished in this appalling act of violence.
"As we observe the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we pause to honor and remember the men, women and children whose lives were lost on this tragic and sad day in Pennsylvania, New York and Washington, DC.
We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and loved ones, and we again salute the heroism and courage exhibited by the first responders -- law enforcement personnel, volunteers and others -- who risked their lives, and in many cases sacrificed their own lives, to help others.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to these first responders, and we must ensure that we repay their service and sacrifice by ensuring that those who were exposed to the toxic aftermath of these attacks receive the requisite health care to address their needs."
"Here at home, each of us can honor the lives lost on 9/11 by participating in the National Day of Service and Remembrance. I encourage everyone to take time to reflect, to give back, and to rededicate ourselves to the ideals that unite us as Americans."
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp