Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi’s Statement on the 9th Anniversary of the 9/11/01 Terrorist Attacks

September 11, 2010
Press Release

WALNUT CREEK, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America:

"Nine years ago today, our great country experienced the tragedy of a generation. Nearly 3,000 people were taken from this world too soon when violent extremist terrorists in Al Qaeda hijacked four planes and attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Among those who died that fateful day were hundreds of brave first responders who risked everything to save others.

"I join my fellow Americans today in remembrance. As our battle with Al Qaeda continues, on this day, it is our responsibility as proud Americans to honor those who have perished by recommitting ourselves to the values of our great Republic.

"On 9/11, we lost thousands of men and women across ethnicities, national origins, religious perspectives, and ideologies. Our country includes the rich tapestry of the world, and our success has always depended on our willingness to embrace everyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules.

"We cannot allow cruel acts of terror to divide us. We are the United States of America, but Al Qaeda wants us to be the Divided States of America. There is no more appropriate day to demonstrate to the world that we refuse to back down from our shared civic values. Today, let’s stand together, united as Americans, in somber mourning for those we’ve lost and in hopeful yearning for the bright future we can forge together."