U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz issued the following statement today on the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.
"Today marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Like so many, I remember exactly where I was that morning. As a state Senator at the time, I was preparing to speak to a Jewish women's organization when planes struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center, followed by the South Tower, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. I experienced the same overwhelming emotions of disbelief, fear, grief, and the willingness to help anyway I could that were shared by all Americans who watched the news coverage unfold.
"As the morning wore on, I contacted the organization assuming they planned to cancel their event. To my surprise, the women decided to convene as scheduled. They refused to let terrorists dictate their lives--not here in America where freedom is a value cherished above all others.
"Eleven years later, America is strong and more secure at home because of the leadership of our armed forces and our intelligence community in crippling Al-Qaeda and bringing Osama bin Laden to justice.
"On this September 11th, we grieve for the victims and honor the heroes of that day. We also remember our fellow Americans who have paid the ultimate price to protect our nation here at home and around the world.
"While our country changed forever 11 years ago, America's central values of freedom, liberty, and democracy are stronger than ever before. Thank you for joining me in a moment of silence and remembrance today."