Diaz-Balart Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"Twenty years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we honor the memories of those who perished as a result of an evil plan hatched thousands of miles from our shores. We also remember the heroism of so many Americans on that day and the days after. First responders rushed into the twin towers to save those who were trapped, and brave passengers on Flight 93 rushed the cockpit and thwarted what would have been an even more disastrous attack. In the days and weeks that followed, hundreds combed through the smoking debris to find victims, and many who survived continue to suffer emotional trauma and severe health consequences as a result. Americans came together in response to that horror, and we vowed to combat terrorism, prevent another attack, and deliver those terrorists to the gates of hell.
"The United States did not seek the war on terror; it sought us. Yet America was blessed to have a president with the moral clarity and unshakeable resolve to pursue the terrorists and those who harbored them and to take whatever measures were necessary to keep Americans safe. With a broad coalition of military forces, we and our allies spent the next twenty years fulfilling that promise.
"Today, we remember the heroism, goodness, and resilience of Americans in the face of evil. We also honor the soldiers and Afghan allies who gave it all to successfully defeat terrorists, including the Taliban, and whose mission and legacy were betrayed by an Administration that handed back Afghanistan to the Taliban.
"We must never forget the lessons learned of that horrific attack, which is that we must stand with our friends, remain resolute in our opposition to terrorism, and keep Americans safe."