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Statements on 9/11

By New Jersey Globe Staff, September 11 2022 10:13 am

U.S. SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ

“Twenty-one years ago today, nearly 3,000 Americans — including 750 from my home state of New Jersey — were senselessly murdered as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Our country was dramatically changed on that fateful Tuesday morning when evil found its way to our shores. Ever since, friends and families of the victims have soldiered on despite more than two decades of heartbreak, loss and grief. As we’ve done for the past two decades, today and every day, we honor their sacrifice and the void left behind through our enduring our commitment to never forget.

“To ‘Never Forget’ continues to be our solemn duty. It requires us to remember the lives lost, not just through words, but through deeds and actions as well. It bounds us to our sacred oath: to care for those who are still burdened by the aftermath of the attacks, whether they be survivors facing adverse health effects from being at Ground Zero to the heroic first responders and police officers who ran towards danger as part of the rescue efforts. With each passing year — and each passing generation — it becomes even more important to do this and ensure that the memory of 9/11 does not fade from our nation’s conscience.

“This also means renewing our resolve to deliver justice for 9/11 families as they deserve our full support to ensure they are treated fairly and equally. We owe it to them, and to the legacy of those we lost.”

U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER

“This moral mission. It is today to remember those people, those tragic losses, the names that we called it is to remember. Their families. The children and the spouses. It is not just to give thoughts and prayers, because every day they deal with that, we must assume. That spirit. And confront. The enormity of the loss, the obesity of the grief. We must understand that the sadness of that day is seared into the souls. Of our nation,”

ASSEMBLY MAJORITY WHIP CAROL MURPHY

“On this day in 2001 our country faced one of our darkest moments. 9/11 was a tragedy that shook the foundations of America – our institutions, our spirit, and our communities.But out of that painful day came strength. Americans stood together to support those who lost friends, family, and colleagues. We gave our first-responders the appreciation they always deserved – but which we’d somehow let lapse. We dedicated ourselves to America and the ideas it embodied.We face more challenges still today, but I know that we can come out of these challenges stronger, unified, and with a renewed commitment to our nation’s ideals – because we’ve done it before.”

SENATE MINORITY LEADER STEVE OROHO

“We will never forget the innocent victims who lost their lives during the September 11 attacks. As we look back and solemnly reflect on the anniversary of that day, let us remember those individuals and their families in our heartfelt prayers.”

REP. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

“On this day 21 years ago, thousands of Americans lost their lives to an act of hateful extremism. September 11, 2001 shook our nation, but it did not break our spirits. Today, we honor the heroes who tragically lost their lives that day and recommit ourselves to peace.”

STATE SENATOR JOSEPH CRYAN

“21 years ago today, the fabric of our nation was fundamentally changed forever. Every anniversary is a painful reminder of what hatred can do. Today, I am taking time to remember the thousands of lives lost, and those who continue to suffer from related illnesses.”

STATE SENATOR JON BRAMNICK

Let’s stand together as one nation and remember.”

STATE SENATOR VINCE POLISTINA

“21 years ago today, 2,977 people lost their lives in the September 11 attacks. Let us never forget those first responders and innocent victims who made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day.”

REP. CHRISTOPHER SMITH

“We remember today the excruciating shock, pain and horror suffered by those who were murdered—147 from Monmouth County alone—and the anguish felt by their families and friends both then and now. We honor the innocent victims—hard working Americans pursuing the American dream with hope, tenacity and resolve. We honor all their loved ones including children some of whom never knew mom or dad—never had memories at the ballfield or sharing a pizza or a day at the beach.  We honor the first responders who demonstrated uncommon bravery by running up the stairs of burning buildings to rescue and protect.

Many first responders lost their lives that day—and many more have passed away in the two decades since due to massive exposure to toxic particulates and dirty air. Many have cancer, PTSD and other deleterious consequences.  We honor all of these brave Americans at this 9/11 memorial ceremony, and knowing that the perpetrators of violence and terrorism never take a holiday—nor can we.  According to the International Crisis Group there are 73 serious conflicts and crises around the world today including Ukraine. The Taliban owns Afghanistan.

We’ve got to leave our kids and grandkids a safer, more peaceful world.  So, as we remember the victims of 9/11, may each of us seriously recommit to prayer and works to ensure that violence in all of its ugly manifestations including terrorism be mitigated and ultimately defeated.”

REP. JOSH GOTTHEIMER

“With great loss, and in the face of great evil, our nation rose from the ashes and came together across any lines that divide us, party or region — especially here in North Jersey, where we will always live in the shadows of those attacks. Just as we did then, we still stand together — in unity as Americans — against those who only wish to tear us apart.”

“For many, the exposure at the site has brought about cancer and illness — many years later — as if all the tragedy just that one morning was not enough. Thankfully, we have taken steps in Congress, to fight for legislation — and get it signed into law — to provide long-overdue support to cover 9/11 survivors, first responders, and their families. We are still fighting for them — and we must — for all of our first responders, and take all critical steps necessary to protect our homeland from terror and others who threaten our democracy and our very way of life.”

REP. MIKIE SHERRILL

“We all remember the pain, the terror, and the tremendous loss that shook the nation on September 11, 2001. On this tragic day, 749 New Jerseyans died, more than 90 of whom resided in the 11th Congressional District. Today, we mourn those we lost, recognize the bravery and sacrifice of those who responded in the aftermath, offer comfort to the families who continue to grieve, and honor the courage and resilience of our country in the wake of immense tragedy.

“Thousands of Americans who risked their lives in courageous efforts to save others and clear the destruction are now dealing with the long-term medical and mental health consequences of the attack. We must continue to support the survivors, first responders, and veterans who answered the call in the aftermath of one of our nation’s darkest days, as well as their families and the families of those we lost.

“Twenty-one years after terror and hate conspired to break us, America stands tall, and America stands proud. Today, I will be with my community, gathering to honor our families, friends, and neighbors, as we do every year, to ensure we never forget.”

JERSEY CITY MAYOR STEVE FULOP

“Jersey City had one of the larger amounts of fatalities outside of New York, so it’s always a day of significance here.  There are many reasons why this event is so important – to memorialize the many lives lost 21 years ago and to educate the broader public, especially our younger generation who may not have been born yet.”

ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN BERGEN

September 11th 2001 was an awful day. 2,977 people were killed that September morning.

Most everyone recalls where they were that morning, and how it felt in the moment to realize that our nation was under attack.

I was a young Army Lieutenant, fresh off graduation from West Point and eager to become a helicopter pilot. In the morning it was peacetime and by the afternoon we were a nation headed to war. I’ll never forget it.

I watched in awe. Devastated. And pissed.

In the wars that would follow as a result we lost another 6,951 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Including 6 of my West Point classmates, David Bernstein, John Hallett, Andrew Houghton, KJ Smith, Joe Lusk and Andrew Pearson. All together, the post 9/11 wars cost 500,000 lives. And everyday new deaths from suicide and cancer add to these totals.

We can’t change the past. We can’t put the towers back up, we can’t bring our loved ones back, we can’t unring the bell. What we can do though is make sure we learn and grow and honor the sacrifices of those who died through actions not just words.

Those we lost live on in us. We are duty bound to preserve their legacy.

Ceremonies like today help us to honor the fallen and to ensure their sacrifices are never forgotten. By getting together in joint remembrance we ensure that generations to come will always take pause to remember what happened on 9/11.

We ensure they remember that there is evil in this world capable of unspeakable things.

We ensure they remember that in the face of evil, on that day and in the wars that followed, Americans rose to the occasion. Men and women raced into burning buildings and off to war. And they never wavered in their commitment to their fellow Americans.

We ensure they remember that through the smoke and ash rose a generation of war fighters who laid their lives on the line in a two decade war.

But remembrance isn’t enough. We need to honor their sacrifice with actions. We need to work together in common purpose to make sure that America always remains the beacon of freedom. On that September Day the very idea of America was attacked, and we owe it to everyone who died that day and in the following wars to ensure we never waiver in our dedication to the preservation of the American idea.

The free world relies on America to stay the course. The entire viability of democracies in the world relies on the ability of America to continue to successfully balance personal freedom with unified governance.

21 years later our Country is stronger than ever. There are the cynics, sure. Members of the media and politics from both sides of the aisle who are in search of the best way to use fiery rhetoric to further their agendas. People who highlight the problems we have as a nation and extrapolate them into a scenario of doubt for our future.

The cynics are wrong. Dead wrong. Our country is as amazing now as it was decades ago. As an elected official I have the benefit of seeing the good in our country and state every day. I get to meet new young firefighters, EMTs and police officers excited to protect their communities. I get to walk side by side with members of our service academies and get to congratulate those who choose to enlist in our great military. While the cynics look through a periscope of problems, I see the state of our nation through a pane glass window. Seeing the whole picture. The good along with the bad. And I can tell you we haven’t fallen from the mantle of world leadership one bit and we are stronger now than ever.

As we remember the heroic actions of the people on 9/11, don’t ever forget that our country is filled with the next generation of people ready to run into burning buildings, fight our nation’s wars, and put the good of the nation and the freedoms of the world above their own. Many of these people are here today, in the crowd, waiting for their calling. I hope it never comes. I hope we never need people to do the unimaginable in the face of danger, but I know we are ready. You are ready.

 

 

 

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