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Public Statements

Remembering the 9/11 Attacks

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, it has been twelve years since that terrible day when nearly 3000 of our fellow citizens perished in an unprovoked series of attacks on our nation. And while the key perpetrators of that horror are now themselves either dead or in our custody, the pain and the heroism of Americans on that day are something we must never forget.

I remember Todd Beamer of Cranbury, New Jersey, who, along with the other passengers on Flight 93, made the ultimate sacrifice to save more people in Washington, DC from almost certain death. I also remember ``the Jersey Girls''--Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Lone Van Auken, and Mindy Kleinberg--who, along with other family members, battled President Bush to force the creation of the 9/11 Commission. These men and women of 9/11--those who perished and those who preserve their memory--remind us of the strength and resilience of the American spirit.

Mr. Speaker, I hope the spirit of unity and common purpose that we experienced in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy can be rekindled in our nation and used to confront the many serious problems facing America. May we each play our part in reviving that spirit, even as we honor the memory of those who showed on that fateful September morning twelve years ago.

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