Mr. CROWLEY. Madam Speaker, I rise today in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, 11 years ago today.
For the Nation, September 11 marks the day that the course of history in the United States was changed forever. For New Yorkers, 9/11 was the day our great city suffered a grievous blow, leaving behind a hole in the heart of lower Manhattan, and an even bigger hole in all of our hearts.
While many of the structures destroyed or damaged by the attacks are being rebuilt or renewed, the families who lost their loved ones can never replace the husbands, the wives, the fathers, the mothers, the brothers, the sisters, and the children who perished. We can also never replace the brave first responders who rushed in to the burning buildings, giving their lives for others.
Not one single day goes by that families don't think of their loved ones who were lost, and we must ensure that 9/11's sacrifices are never, ever forgotten. Today, we stand together in honoring their memory and saluting their courage, which they so richly deserve.
Johnny, we miss you.