On The Eve Of September 11th Anniversary, US Senator Robert Menendez Stresses Remembering Those Who Were Lost, Preventing A Repeat

On The Eve Of September 11th Anniversary, US Senator Robert Menendez Stresses Remembering Those Who Were Lost, Preventing A Repeat

Washington - On the eve of the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 3000 Americans, including hundreds of New Jerseyans, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is honoring the victims and the heroism displayed on that day. Sen. Menendez is also keeping in mind what still needs to be done to secure our nation from terrorism and to do right by New Jersey first responders and volunteers who became ill after the attacks.

He released the following statement:

"Not just tomorrow, but every day of our lives, we remember the effects of those tragic attacks on American soil. The emptiness in our hearts left by the loved ones, friends and neighbors we lost. The empty skyline of lower Manhattan. The illnesses that continue to haunt and take the lives of those who were around Ground Zero, including our first responder heroes.

"As another 9/11 anniversary approaches, we will never forget the thousands of fellow Americans and hundreds of fellow New Jerseyans who were killed that day. We will never forget the towering heroism our country displayed during one of our darkest days. Terrorists tried to engulf us in the smoke of fear and hatred. And for a moment, we felt like the whole world went dark. But the light of heroism burst through. Individuals rushed into burning buildings risking their lives to save others, strangers opened their homes to help strangers, Americans all over the country rushed to give whatever they could to help those in need.

"It was a day when the nation came together. It was a day when it didn't matter what part of the country you came from, what your family background was, or anything else. It was a day when we all stood together as Americans. I hope we will always carry with us those we lost and the spirit of our nation that was on display.

"Not forgetting what happened that day means supporting all the heroes, paid and volunteer, who risked their lives to save others. Not forgetting means caring for those who were made ill because of the attacks. Not forgetting means securing our ports, chemical and nuclear plants so we don't have to experience another horrendous tragedy in the future. And not forgetting means destroying Al Qaeda and bringing those responsible to justice. I truly hope we rededicate ourselves to that effort."

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