WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today to mark the twelfth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
“On this day twelve years ago, the American people were attacked by enemies of freedom and adversaries of democracy. We were shaken by a brutal act of war that forever changed our hearts and strengthened our resolve.
“Today we remember the firefighters who ran into those burning buildings, the heroes of United Flight 93, and all the moms and dads who left for work that morning and never came home. We remember the courage of the first responders, the selflessness of strangers, and the prayers that were echoed with heavy hearts around the world. We remember a nation in mourning, bound by a shared love of America and an unwavering commitment to its people.
“While we remember those who lost their lives on that Tuesday morning in September, let us also pay homage to the fallen soldiers – from Fairchild and all across the country – who have defended America in the War on Terror. Let us remember First Lieutenant Mathew Fazzari, whose life was cut short while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; and Sergeant First Class Wyatt Goldsmith, from Colville, who lost his life in an effort to save someone else’s.
“Twelve years after the deadly attack on September 11, we remain more committed than ever to protecting American freedom, defeating terrorism around the world, and preserving an American spirit that remains unshakable. But today, let us simply remember.”