Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in advance of the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
“On a bright and clear Tuesday morning nine years ago, we watched with shock and horror as over three thousand Americans lost their lives in the worst terror attack in our nation’s history. Because of the cowardly actions of a few terrorists, Americans will always look to this day with a mixture of grief, anger, and resolve to defeat those who perpetrated this deadly act.
“I will always remember the images of courageous first responders rushing into burning buildings, facing almost certain death to save their fellow Americans, and working tirelessly to rescue survivors and clean up the damage in the weeks and months that followed. And we were all touched by the stories of every day Americans on the planes that were attacked who stared evil in the face to spare countless lives. The patriotism demonstrated in every corner of this nation reinforced our belief that love of country knows no political affiliation — we are all Americans first and foremost. And today, we stand on the shoulders of these American heroes.
“Those who attacked us in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania that day thought they could strike permanent fear in the heart of our nation. They were wrong. We will defeat them and will continue to defend our freedom, our values, and our country.”