Pelosi Floor Remarks Recognizing the 14th Anniversary of the Attacks on September 11th

September 11, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today delivered remarks on the House floor in recognition of the anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  Mr. Speaker, this morning at 8:46 across America there was a moment of silence in remembrance that on the morning of September 11, 2001, the world witnessed a horrific attack against our nation.  This profound, unfathomable tragedy shattered our sense of safety.  Yet, out of the ashes of the fallen World Trade Center towers, the crushed concrete of the Pentagon, and a burning field in Pennsylvania, Americans rose united.  We comforted strangers.  We strengthened community.  Hope prevailed over hatred, resilience defeated fear.

“Americans will never forget where we were on that day. We must, though, always remember what happened that day.  President Lincoln once cautioned of the silent artillery of time wearing away at our memories.  He was referencing those who had lost their lives in the Civil War.  We pray that the years might ease the pain of the bereaved and that it would be a comfort to them that we will never forget.

“Young people born after 9/11 are coming of age that knows that no attack will destroy America’s ideals of liberty, freedom and equality of opportunity for all people.  Terrorism will never triumph over justice.  That is the goal of terrorists: to instill terror, instill fear.  They failed.  We emerged even more committed to protecting the liberties that have long distinguished our nation from regimes that rely on divisiveness and hatred.

“We honor the thousands of people we lost that day and those we lost to 9/11-related illnesses in the years that followed.  We must remember those heroes of 9/11.  And, in remembering them, we must honor our commitment to them, whether it's access to health care for those who were affected by 9/11, the selfless first responders, firefighters, police officers and courageous citizens who helped saved lives, searched for survivors and jeopardized their own safety to rescue others represent the best of humanity.

“May we forever remember the spirit of September 11, 2001, and strive to build a future based on the hope and unity that emerged from the ashes that day.  And while we always remember that on this day, as we discuss this issue, we are walking on sacred ground.  May we treat it with dignity and respect.  I yield back, Mr. Speaker.”