Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following remarks today at the Congressional September 11th Remembrance Ceremony. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“The solemn anniversary we remember this week has no parallel in our lifetime.
“We lost more loved ones on that one morning than the number of mornings that have dawned since that day.
“We still mourn. We still hurt. But we still hope. We still stand tall. And we still marvel at the incomparable heroism we witnessed.
“Ours is a nation started, settled and strengthened by heroes. And when tested, it is a nation defended by heroes – those who answer the call of duty and those who are called without notice.
“Some wake up every morning and know they may have to run into a burning building while everyone else runs out.
“Some wake up every morning and know they may have to sacrifice their own life so a fellow soldier can wake up the next morning and know the same.
“And some, like those on Flight 93, wake up as passengers and travelers, sons and daughters, and choose to become heroes only in their last moments.
“Though we grieve, we are also grateful for them.
“Though they leave us too soon, they leave us with a legacy of bravery we cannot fully fathom, one for which we cannot fully thank them.
“We remember them so that others may learn from their courage.
“We revere those who died so that others may live.
“We stand in a building that might not be here but for these heroes, and we know what it means to be thankful.”