Pelosi Remarks at 15th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11 Terror Attacks
Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at the 15th anniversary commemoration of the September 11 terror attacks. Below are the Leader’s remarks:
“Fifteen years ago, we suffered a tragedy that we could not have ever imagined, and witnessed heroism that we will never forget.
“Every September 11 for the past 15 years, Americans have bowed their heads to find comfort in faith, even as we are still rocked by disbelief at the tragedy of that day.
“As we humbly visit the sacred ground of 9/11 this year, we continue to marvel at the heroism of our first responders and the families who turned their grief into action to make America safer.
“Because of them, 9/11 does not belong to fear. It belongs to courage. It belongs to compassion. It belongs to the first responders and those who rushed into the smoke and up the stairs; to the passengers who charged up the aisle; to the men and women who stayed behind in stricken buildings to help strangers to safety.
“Because of them, out of the ashes of the fallen World Trade Center, the crushed concrete of the Pentagon, and a burning field in Pennsylvania, Americans rose united.
“As we salute all those who died on 9/11, we must also salute those who have lost their lives in the years since. We must remember the ongoing struggles of the thousands of heroes who, years later, are stalked by devastating illnesses from their exposure to Ground Zero.
“By some accounts, 10 to 15 cancer diagnoses per week – 15 years later. We must treat all of them, and those who will come after, as illnesses in our own family. We must continue to meet our commitment to the health and compensation needs of these heroes and their loved ones.
“We will remember, and our prayers, comfort and appreciation must exist as long as our country shall exist.
“This is the legacy of 9/11 that we must pass down through the generations: the heroism and the resilience that are the soul of our nation.
“Let the memory of our fallen heroes be a blessing to their beloved and to our nation. Let their sacrifice continue to deepen our dedication to justice and to freedom.
“May God bless the fallen men and women of 9/11 and their families. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”
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