Representative David Price (NC-04), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, joined members of Congress from both parties today at a remembrance ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building observing the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Rep. Price released the following statement.
"Almost every American can remember where we were when we first learned of the 9/11 attacks and how our awareness grew of the enormity of what was occurring. It is entirely appropriate that members of Congress join the nation in marking this day, remembering the fallen, honoring those who responded and the heroes who brought down the plane in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and renewing our commitment to a strong and inclusive America.
"Since 2001, I have spent September 11th honoring that spirit. I have celebrated the heroism of our nation's first responders at gatherings of local police and fire departments in the Fourth District. I have joined in recognizing September 11th as a National Day of Service, participating in service projects along with millions of Americans who want to support and give back to their communities. And I have spent September 11th at work in Congress, carrying the torch of democracy forward as a symbol to the world. Earlier this year, I visited the National September 11th Memorial at Ground Zero to pay tribute to our brave first responders and the innocent men and women taken from us that tragic day. I also witnessed firsthand the tremendous progress being made to both honor the fallen and rebuild Lower Manhattan -- a testament to the spirit and determination of the American people. Like all Americans, I draw comfort from seeing that, on each anniversary of these terrible attacks, our communities continue to remember those who are gone, reflect on the gratitude due those who now defend our country at home and abroad, and resolve to move forward in common purpose."