Washington, DC —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement this morning to mark the 8th anniversary of the September 11 attacks:
"On September 11, 2001, beautiful Tuesday mornings in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania gave way to one of the most terrifying days in the history of our nation. The terrorists who attacked us that day didn’t just want to take lives and inflict physical harm, but they wanted to damage the psyche of our country. They soon discovered that America’s resolve was impenetrable and that even in our worst hour, the best of our nation rose to the top.
"As I think back to those minutes, hours and days following those heinous attacks, the one thing that gives me the most solace and comfort is the heroism demonstrated by the first responders and volunteers who saved lives, cared for the wounded, and comforted the grieving. In many cases, they tragically sacrificed their own lives.
“I am also comforted by the way that all Americans were able to come together and truly become each other’s keepers in the wake of those attacks. In hours of crises, there are no party identifications and no superficial divisions that we often use to label ourselves. There are only Americans and our relatively minor differences will never outweigh our devotion to our country and the ideals for which it stands.
"On this anniversary, and all those to follow, we must never forget the innocent lives we lost or the burden we bear for the freedom we cherish. The lives that we lost can never be replaced and we must never let them fade from our memory. But we must also remember that we emerged from the sadness, grief and anger of that day as a stronger, prouder and more determined nation that will never cave to fear."