Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) issued the following statement today in recognition of the 11th anniversary of the al Qaeda terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.
"Today, we pause to honor and remember some 3,000 people - Moms and Dads and friends and neighbors - who lost their lives on that fateful day. We honor the first responders who chose to run into the burning World Trade Towers -- putting their own lives at risk to help save others. We honor the lives of the heroes who fought the terrorists on board Flight 93 -- and successfully prevented the plane from hitting the White House or the U.S. Capitol.
"None of us will ever forget that day. None of us will ever forget where we were the moment we heard that a plane had hit the first World Trade Tower, and none of us will forget seeing the second hit. America was shaken, but not broken. In those dark hours ahead, Americans came together and responded with one voice. Today, we remember and reflect upon a day that brought us together as Americans. A day that was our generations' Pearl Harbor, a day that made all of us stop and ask ourselves what was important in our own lives.
"While many of our nation's leaders do not agree on how best to run our country, we are all in agreement in pausing to honor and remember those who gave their lives in a senseless attack. Where there is freedom, there is strength. Terrorism will never triumph. September 11th, 2001, reminds us all of that, and it is a day we will never forget."