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Cardin Recalls September 11th On Anniversary

September 9th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.

“This Sunday we will solemnly observe the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people from 93 different nations and injured more than 6,000 others at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. For those of us old enough to remember, the events of that horrific day are seared into our memories as if they just happened yesterday. More than 3,000 children lost at least one parent on 9/11.  Many of these children were too young at the time to comprehend what was happening or to remember it today even though they suffered such a devastating personal loss. According to the Census Bureau, nearly 59 million Americans have been born since 9/11. Most of these young people learn about 9/11 in school, much the same way an earlier generation of Americans learned about Pearl Harbor.

“For those younger Americans who don’t remember 9/11, I think it’s important for them to understand that the attacks didn’t just test our character; they revealed it.  The worst attack in American history brought out the best in the American people.  Americans responded with courage and self-sacrifice, with charity and compassion and volunteerism, and with resolve.

“What I hope our young people – those who don’t have a personal memory of 9/11 – will understand is that out of many, we are truly one.  That was evident on September 11, 2001, and it’s still true.  Our partisan, political, philosophical and regional differences come to the fore during a presidential campaign. But these differences ultimately are dwarfed by what binds us together as Americans: our hopes for our families, our communities, our Nation and the world. The best way for all of us to honor those who died on 9/11 is to remember that and act accordingly – courageously, generously, compassionately and with resolve to defend and promote justice, freedom and peace at home and abroad.”

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