Congressman Hall Statement On Anniversary Of 9-11-01
It has been eight years since the terrorist attacks on America, eight long years in which our brave men and women in uniform have taken the War on Terror to the enemies' strongholds in Afghanistan and Iraq and in doing so, helped protect Americans from further attacks at home.
Today we pause to remember all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, when American Flight 11 and United Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, when American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and when passengers of United Flight 93 attempted to take control of their hijacked plane, crashing in the fields of Pennsylvania. We honor them and pay tribute to their families.
We also remember and honor all those brave soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefield in defense of freedom. Because of their sacrifice, America is safer today than eight years ago, and there has been no other terrorist attack on American soil since that time. To their families, we extend our deepest sympathy and support.
Americans know from experience that freedom is not free. Our forefathers paid dearly for the freedoms that we cherish, and those who serve today in our military accept the significant risks that are required to preserve our freedom. To them we owe a debt a gratitude that can never be repaid or properly expressed.
Let us always remember the 2,604 who died at the World Trade Center, another 24 who remain listed as missing; 87 who died on American Flight 11; 59 who died on United flight 175; 125 who perished at the Pentagon; 59 who died on American flight 77; 40 who died in the crash of United 93; the 4,326 who perished in Iraq; and the 804 who died in Afghanistan.
We remember these great Americans. We honor them, and we ask God's blessings on their families.