Scott Rigell on September 11: We Will Meet Our Test

Office of U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell
2013-09-11 11:06:34
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Scott Rigell on September 11th: We Will Meet Our Test

Washington, D.C. - Today Congressman Scott Rigell released the following statement:

"December 7, 1941, marked America’s entrance into the Second World War. Similarly, the tragic attack on America on September 11, 2001, marked a defining moment in our nation’s great struggle with radical, militant Islam.

"Today – in Congress and across our great country – we remember and mourn the loss of nearly 3,000 fellow Americans killed that day. Seared in our memories are painful scenes of billowing smoke, crumpled steel, and unspeakable human suffering. Yet rising from the ashes were accounts of heroic bravery by everyday Americans.

"Though devastated by the loss, we found inspiration in how our fellow citizens responded when the threat was fully known, and by the selfless response of so many who ran to – not from – the danger of burning buildings.

"We also honor and remember the four Americans who were killed one year ago today while serving our country in Benghazi, Libya. Serious questions about the security lapses that resulted in their deaths remain unanswered, and my commitment to uncovering the truth surrounding this tragedy is stronger than ever.

"To those who have defended this great country in the days that followed the attack of September 11, we thank you. For those who have lost a loved one in this fight for freedom, our Gold Star families, you have our eternal gratitude and deepest respect.

"When I walk onto the House floor, I am often mindful of what has taken place in that chamber. It was there that President Roosevelt spoke to Congress and the American people, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and eloquently expressed the depth of pain, and the resolve, felt by the nation. He was right when he said that December 7, 1941, would be a date that would live in infamy. So is September 11. Like the “greatest generation” that confronted and defeated those who valued neither life nor liberty, our generation will meet the test of our time."



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