Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at a ceremony commemorating the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Below are the Leader's remarks:
"Today, we come together once again to remember and to reflect with reverence and with respect. Because whenever we speak of September 11th, 2001, we tread on sacred ground. On this anniversary the thoughts of our nation remain with the innocent Americans we lost, their families and loved ones, with the first responders who arrived on the scene to rescue others in danger and stayed at ground zero to search for survivors and remains. On this day our solemn pledge remains clear: to never forget those who perished on 9/11, to always give voice to those silenced forever 11 years ago, and to draw inspiration from the families of the victims.
"The memory of 9/11 calls to mind the words etched into the walls of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore to honor our men and women in uniform from World War II: "time will not dim the glory of their deeds.' The same can be said of the heroes and the victims of 9/11. The same can be said of their families who channeled their grief into action to make America safer, whose commitment of time and generosity of spirit have given all of us strength and made our country stronger. Indeed, time will never dim the memory of those who perished -- the images of destruction and despair, the moments of pain and anguish -- and it will never dim the American people's spirit of unity in the wake of the attacks. Time will never diminish the courage of our police, firefighters, and all of the first responders and with the 9/11 health bill the law of the land, our country will continue to stand by them in deed as well as in word.
"Time has left the memories of 9/11 emblazoned on our hearts for more than a decade. On this anniversary, and in years to come, time will continue to tell the true story of 9/11 -- how the 9/11 families turned a national tragedy into a time of unity, how our country came together with resolve and with hope. May god bless the memories of the victims and the families of 9/11. May God bless their families and children again and again. And may God continue to bless the United States of America."