Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings released the following statement commemorating the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon:
"Today Americans worldwide will pause to remember the thousands of innocent lives we lost 11 years ago. There is not a day that goes by that many of us don't remember that tragic loss of loved ones at the hands of evil, hateful men.
"Without a doubt, the terrorists thought that September 11, 2001, would be America's weakest moment. They were wrong. From the courageous first responders who risked their own lives to save those trapped in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, to the selfless bravery of the passengers aboard Flight 93 who gave their lives to save countless others, our nation united in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to illustrate true American spirit.
"The events of that morning changed the course of our nation forever, and impacted the day-to-day lives of millions. While nothing can be done to reverse the hurt and grief from that day, each day that we move forward together strengthens us as a country and tells the world that our commitment to our democracy and principles remains unchanged and steadfast.
"Let us all pause today and pray for each family who lost a loved one on that morning. Let us also pray for those who continue to live with disabilities and side effects from that traumatic day, and those who are still coping with the heavy spiritual and mental burden of surviving. But perhaps more than this, let us pray that God continues to bless and protect our great nation."