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By Congressman Robert Hurt
As we join with our fellow Virginians and Americans this week, we solemnly remember the tragic events that took place now eleven years ago on September 11th, 2001 and those innocent Americans and heroes whose lives were needlessly lost.
We will never forget those who are no longer with us as a result of that day; those who lost their lives in New York City’s twin towers, in a Pennsylvania field, and in Virginia, just south of our nation’s capital. And we will always remember the heroic actions of the first responders and all of those who bravely and selflessly sacrificed to help those in need.
The unimaginable images of horror live on in our memories – images of the horrific attack on our home soil, which threatened our American way of life. But as we remember the tragic attacks on September 11th, 2001, we are also reminded that the resilience of the American people lives on, unshaken by those senseless act of terror.
America may have been changed forever on that horrific day eleven years ago, but Americans across the 5th District and across this country remain the same; we remain a people committed to our democracy and to the freedoms afforded by it.
On this day, let us all salute our veterans and our servicemen and women both at home and abroad, as we pay tribute to the thousands of brave American soldiers who have answered the call of duty and have gone to the defense of our nation across the world – those who selflessly serve so that our freedoms are protected.
The tremendous sacrifices by both those on September 11th, 2001 and by those who continue to serve this great nation are the reason that Americans across this country continue to live in peace and in freedom.
As we remember that day and honor those lost, I hope that Americans across this country will put aside differences and join together, united and steadfast in a shared commitment to preserving and protecting our freedoms, ideals, and our American opportunities and freedoms from those who seek to do us harm.
If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.