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"We Will Never Forget."

July 15, 2009
Press Release

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (CA-35) released the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

Rep. Waters said "Today we remember the innocent victims and brave heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  We honor their memories by recalling the triumph of the American spirit in the six years that have followed the horror of 9-11.

"We will never forget the moment each of us first heard the news on that fateful day.  We will never forget the first images of the twin towers burning and eventually collapsing and we will never forget the shared pain of so many lives lost in vain.

"But, perhaps more importantly, we will never forget the pride of a country united against terror.  We will never forget the courage of the police, fire fighters, and other first responders who rescued the lives of countless citizens, often at the cost of their own.  We will never forget the bravery of those aboard flight 93 who confronted their hijackers, and  we will never forget the sight of American rescue crews working at ground zero in the days, weeks, and months following the attack.  We honor the heroes of 9-11 who selflessly placed their duty, love of country, and responsibility for fellow man above concerns for personal safety.

"Behind the staggering number of victims directly involved in the events of September 11th are the families, friends, and co-workers who have shared the national tragedy on a very personal level.  I mourn the more than 3,000 who died on September 11th at the hands of the terrorists, and I extend my most heartfelt condolences to those who loved them.

"For the above reasons, and for the future safety and security of this great nation, we must be vigilant and insure that our military resources are always used with the ultimate goal of eradicating terrorism, maintaining the security of our homeland and fostering peace and liberty throughout the world."