Saratoga, New York – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement in advance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11:
“Twenty years ago today, the world watched in horror as terrorists flew into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in rural Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 souls tragically perished, including hundreds of brave first responders who selflessly gave their lives in the service of others. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the victims and survivors of 9/11 here in New York and beyond.
“My generation remembers this day as a vivid memory forever etched into our minds, and it is incumbent upon us to teach the history of 9/11 to younger generations.
“Let us remember the first responders who ran into the face of immense, unknown danger to save their fellow Americans.
“Let us remember and honor the servicemen and women who gave their lives fighting for our freedom in the years following the attack, especially those from Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, which has seen the most deployments of any Army division since 9/11.
"We pray for the families of the 13 servicemembers killed last month in Afghanistan. We must honor their sacrifice and work tirelessly to ensure that no American is left behind enemy lines – That every American is able to safely get home.
“And while we remember the horror and tragedy of the lives lost during September 11, in Afghanistan, and in the Global War on Terror, it is important to honor the patriotic resiliency shown by the American people in the days and years following.
“Let today serve as a reminder that even in the face of terrorism, the strength of America and freedom will always prevail. May God bless the United States of America.”