Last Friday’s standing-room only hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was among the most dramatic I’ve witnessed. There was outrage – outrage not just from me as I declared the State Department “AWOL” in our quest to free an American Pastor, Saeed Abedini — a U.S. citizen — captured by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard […]
It may be ten years, but the tragic events of 9/11 are still seared in our nation’s collective memory. 9/11 shook America to its core. Who could forget the pain, the suffering and the horror of what became the most deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil?
On this anniversary, we remember and honor those who gave their lives for others – the passengers who battled the terrorists and brought down the plane in a Pennsylvania field before it could reach Washington. The brave men and women who gave their lives at the Pentagon and at Ground Zero in New York City.
America is resilient. America is a nation of hope and stronger because of 9/11. On this anniversary, we understand more than ever that freedom comes with a price. And, like the steel Cross that rose out of the ashes of the destruction at Ground Zero, the spirit of the American people continues to rise to new heights – no longer victimized by fear, intimidation, and the hate exhibited by the terrorists.
We continue to pray for those who lost family and loved ones that fateful day. We pray for our nation – our safety – our security. Yes, there is still pain and suffering from that day ten years ago. But, we’re grateful for the healing and hope that’s occurred in the years following 9/11, too.
As we move forward as a nation, America must remain vigilant and prepared for the never-ending threats from those who want to destroy our freedoms, our way of life. That concern is still very real – and must remain a top priority in a post 9/11 world.