Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) released the following statement regarding the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001:
"Eleven years ago the attacks on the twin towers, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania shocked us in their deliberateness and destruction. We as Americans were filled with sorrow and anger. Our very way of life was attacked and thousands of lives were lost.
"September 11, 2001 is one of the darkest days in America's history. But in our dark hour we did not respond with fear or hatred, we responded with resolve. We showed the world that even in the wake of tragedy we as Americans unite stronger than ever before. We came together in family, faith, community, and citizenship. We were all proud to be Americans because even in the midst of a national tragedy, we were part of something worth fighting for.
"Our fellow Americans revealed the best aspects of our national character. At the World Trade Center, firefighters and police officers rushed into the burning buildings doing their duty at the cost of their lives. Colleagues helped each other make it out alive. Around the country, thousands of people got in cars and drove to New York, willing to do anything and everything they could to help out.
"At the Pentagon, military members and civil servants alike demonstrated that you do not have to be on a battlefield to die for your country. The attack killed 125 people, only 55 of whom were military. We remember them and honor their sacrifice.
"Ordinary Americans showed tremendous courage on Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Heroes were created by the moment. They were moved to act, and hope was found in the midst of horror because of their sacrifice.
"In response to the attacks men and women joined our nation's armed forces to defend our country and the freedoms we enjoy. Many have given the ultimate sacrifice in that fight and others are still overseas serving. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers today and every day.
"Although eleven years have passed, September 11, 2011 is a day that we will always remember. It is important that we pause and pay tribute to the heroes of that day. May we never take for granted the value of life and the cost freedom.
"May God bless our military, our veterans, and may God bless this great nation, the United States of America."