WASHINGTON, D.C. - West Virginia lawmakers reflected on the 12th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Sen. Joe Manchin said, “A dozen years later, the memories of 9/11 are still very real for Americans – the terrible images of the Towers falling, the Pentagon in flames and the smoldering field in rural Pennsylvania. It was a day when all Americans shared a terrible tragedy. But it was also a day that united us as never before. And as much as it changed our country, it also showed how much in America never changes – our desire to keep our families safe and our country strong. These are the ideals that truly bind us together as a nation. And with God’s blessings, it will always be so.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller also reflected on the 9/11 attacks. Rockefeller said, "On each solemn and moving anniversary of that horrific September day, our nation mourns all those whose lives were taken and those lives that were forever changed. We remain filled with heartache from that day, and I suspect we always will. Each year on this anniversary, I ask all West Virginians to honor the victims of 9/11 by participating in an act of service. It can be as simple as volunteering at a local food bank, visiting an elderly neighbor, taking a moment to thank a police officer or firefighter for their service, or finding your own special way of giving back. I can think of no better way to honor that tragic day than staying true to our state’s long tradition of honoring others by making meaningful contributions to our communities."
Rep. Nick Rahall wrote, "On this solemn anniversary, we are reminded of the sadness and vulnerability we felt as Americans on that terrible day, but we must also remember the renewed sense of unity and collective purpose. In this era marked by extreme partisanship and divisiveness, and on the eve of grave decisions about the future of our Nation, it is fitting and appropriate that we think back to twelve years ago, and try to recapture that collective sense of ourselves as Americans; the pride we felt in the valiant acts of selfless sacrifice made by so many in the line of duty; and remember that we are strongest, when we are one as a nation. May this year’s 9/11 observance rekindle our passions as one Nation, under God. And may it serve to inspire us to focus, not on our differences, but on our commonalities as together we pursue the American Dream. Let us recommit ourselves to defending the liberties and principles of a free people; remembering those freedoms have not come free. And let us rely on our faith, rooted in the knowledge we can count on one another, a core quality of true West Virginians.”