Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement remembering and reflecting on the attacks of September 11, 2001:
“This is a day for remembrance and quiet reflection. For most of us, we can hardly believe that 12 years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001. These attacks will forever be a part of our lives, not only because of the pain they caused, but because they reminded us of how resilient we are as a people.
“We were reminded of the greatness of America through the brave men and women who saved lives on the ground by fighting the hijackers in the air on Flight 93. We were amazed by the first responders who rushed to the aid of the victims, with no thought to the personal risks that lay ahead. We were filled with pride as millions of Americans raised flags above their homes and storefronts to show solidarity with those who had lost loved ones.
“This is also a day to show gratitude to the men and women in our armed forces and intelligence services, who have fought and worked tirelessly to bring those who planned 9/11 to justice. Their sacrifices and vigilance have largely kept the American homeland safe in the years since, so we are able to go on with our lives free from the fear that our attackers were so desperate to instill in us.
“Finally, this is a day to rededicate ourselves to our patriotic duty. We must always keep in mind the freedom that unites us as Americans, and we must remain vigilant in our daily lives to ensure the uniqueness of our nation remains a reality for many generations to come.”