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Congresswoman Waters Remembers Fallen Heroes of 9/11 at Capitol Hill Ceremony

September 11, 2014
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement today on the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:

"It has been thirteen years to the day since an unfathomable act of violence took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. Every year, we honor the thousands lost in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, though we remember them every day.

"We came together as a Nation after that horrific Tuesday morning in 2001, as we do today, to honor our fallen. We passed the Fallen Heroes of 9-11 Act in 2011 to do our part in remembering their sacrifice. The legislation authorized the minting of three Congressional Gold Medals – one for each of the sites of the attack. These three medals were unveiled and awarded yesterday in a ceremony held in the Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

"I was proud to join my congressional colleagues in cosponsoring the Fallen Heroes of 9-11 Act and hope to
continue honoring those who perished on that fateful day. We owe our deepest sympathies to those who sacrificed themselves that day. To the brave members of our Armed Forces, we owe our endless gratitude for their sacrifice and pray for their swift homecoming.

"On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we should kindle the bonds that pulled us through this tragedy and uphold all that has made this country a beacon of hope to the world."