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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s Floor Statement Commemorating the 8th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following floor statement commemorating the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks:

“I proudly rise in support of the bipartisan 9-11 Resolution, H. Res 722, which recognizes September 11 as both a day to mourn and remember those that were taken from us, and a day for the people of the United States to recommit to the Nation and to each other.

“Today, Congress pauses to reflect on the lives and legacies of the men and women whose lives were tragically altered or cut short as a result of the violent attacks on 9-11-01.

“I began my public life as a member of the New York City Council shortly after the attacks of September 11th changed America’s perception on the world. From that first day, I have dedicated myself to issues of security and preparedness.

“As the only New York City member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I am humbled at the opportunity to commemorate this day with my colleagues and victims’ families.

We will never forget that almost 3,000 lives were lost, including 343 firefighters and 23 police officers, on that day. Their contributions and legacies will forever be honored and revered.

“I salute the many World Trade Center and Pentagon workers who may not have held a corner office with their names on the door, but were an integral part of our thriving economy and communities.

“I salute the mothers, teachers, doctors, flight crews and other valuable members of our society that were taken from us on that tragic day.

“As we prepare to commemorate that tragic day with several victims’ families on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol, I offer my prayers to all 9-11 families and the survivors whose lives are forever changed.

“I especially send my condolences to the parents and families of the children who’s precious lives were tragically taken from us on that fateful day.

“The collective sacrifices, strength, and compassion of these individuals and all Americans, as well as the fallen soldiers that we have lost in the fight against terror and the families they’ve left behind, all of whom represent diverse backgrounds and beliefs, remind us that our national resiliency lies within our ability to come together as a nation for the greater good of our society.”