Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) issued the following statement marking the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
"Eleven years ago, terrorists attacked our nation and killed thousands of our fellow Americans. Today, we remember their lives. We grieve with their families and loved ones. And we reflect on the national unity that arose from the ruin of that calamitous day, reminded of our shared purpose: to keep our country safe and to preserve the values that shape our national character.
"September 11, 2001, forever changed the way we respond in times of crisis. Today, we also honor every first responder -- every police officer, firefighter, EMT, construction worker, and volunteer -- whose bravery in the face of catastrophe left us all humbled and proud. And we honor the brave men and women of our military and intelligence community, who answered the call 11 years ago and continue to spend every day protecting our nation from harm.
"As we look forward to meet the challenges of the future, we should seek to draw new lessons from our past. We will never forget the unimaginable horror and tragedy of the attacks of September 11, 2001. But we must also remember that solving the problems our nation faces requires a commitment that transcends politics, one that demands something more from each and every one of us."