Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) released the following statement today to commemorate 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States.
"Eleven years ago today, our great land was attacked for who we are and what we represent -- a free, open, and democratic society. The radical ideology of oppression responsible for the attacks could not bend or break this nation. Selfless acts of heroism and displays of extraordinary courage marked our efforts to beat back this threat, exposing the very best of what it means to be an American. As the world learned, kindness and decency are rooted in the heart of American society.
We will always remember and cherish the 3,000 lives that were lost that day, along with the thousands of brave men and women in uniform who died defending our liberties. Our profound gratitude goes to the more than two million service members who have served at home and abroad in the name of defending the greatest nation on earth. We will never forget their sacrifice.
The struggle continues, and all Americans have an obligation to ensure the torch of liberty is never dimmed, diminished, or extinguished. On this day, we reaffirm our values of freedom, liberty, and love of country. While we hold dear to our hearts the memories of those we lost, we resolve to remain ever-vigilant against this threat and united in our common destiny as Americans."