Sen. Bill Nelson Remembers Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
Today, people all across the country are reliving the surreal horror of the deadly terrorist attacks on New York and the nation's capital on this day in 2001. Today marks the seven-year anniversary of the attacks that killed some 3,000 Americans. Commemorations are taking place near Ground Zero in New York and outside the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. In Congress, lawmakers also are remembering. Among them, Florida's senior U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson this morning issued the following statement:
"It was seven years ago today that our country and the world was shaken by a group of cowardly terrorists.
"As Americans, it is our duty to honor the thousands of people who lost their lives, and to never forget their sacrifice. That's why, as a nation, we must always fight to protect the freedoms on which our country was founded, while rooting out those with hateful ideologies who seek to do us harm.
"Let us also never forget the bravery of the firefighters, police officers, national guard and the thousands of others who risked their lives on 9-11 and the days that followed, so others might live.
"And, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan go into another year, it is of grave importance that we focus our efforts and our funding on protecting our troops and combating terrorism.
"President Kennedy's remarks from October 1963 still ring true today, "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers."
"In remembering the thousands who died on this fateful day, let us also honor their lives.
"May those who perished that day - and the loved ones they left behind - forever be in our thoughts and prayers."