Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) issued the following statement in memory of the eleventh anniversary of September 11th:
"It has been eleven years since the fateful Tuesday morning that changed the lives of every American forever. This September 11th, our country will once again join together to mourn that tragic day, comfort survivors, support friends and family and remember how fortunate we are to live in a free country.
"The wounds we endured that day, both physical and mental, will never fully heal. The images of airplanes hitting the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 crashing in Pennsylvania are now woven into the tapestry of American life. Here in New Jersey, we can all tell personal stories of loved ones, friends, colleagues and neighbors who never made it home. Everything changed that day, but our spirit survived.
"Firefighters, police officers and EMTs and every day citizens jumped into action, motivated by the spirit to serve and protect their fellow man. With their own lives on the line, they ran into the buildings, toward the fire and flames. Many of them paid the ultimate sacrifice for their bravery and we are eternally grateful to them.
"In the days, weeks and months after the attacks, our men and women in the armed forces embarked on a campaign to eliminate terrorist forces and bring our enemies to justice. Eleven years later, after taking down the mastermind of the operation and many of his cohorts, American troops continue to fight for our way of life.
"As President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." The forces of evil that tried to fill our hearts with vulnerability and fear underestimated our resiliency. Americans are free people and as free people we will live and prosper.
"My thoughts and prayers are with all those who mourn the loss of loved ones on September 11th. May God bless their memory and may God bless the United States of America."