Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement today remembering the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
"All of us have different stories about where we were and how we learned of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Yet, though our nation was gripped by fear and uncertainty, we each recall the same sense of unity and strength that brought us together as more than just a group of people -- it brought us together as Americans. On that day we witnessed unbelievable evil, but we collectively responded with the best of America.
"While we mourn and remember the lives taken that day -- innocent men, women and children - we must also remember that Al Qaeda has failed. On September 12, 2001, Americans got up to go to work. Mothers and fathers hugged their children a little longer, but Americans moved forward. And on September 12, our intelligence community and our military began the process of bringing those responsible for the attacks to justice, culminating in the killing of Osama bin Laden.
"We can't forget the sacrifices made on September 11, and we can't forget what they sacrificed for - the principles that made America great. If our history has shown us anything, it's that Americans can do anything. Americans invented the automobile, saved the world from numerous tyrants, and put the first man on the moon. When challenges have confronted us, we've met and overcome them. We will do so again."