Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today issued the following statement honoring the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
“Like many Americans, I remember where I was when I first heard the news on September 11, 2001. As I worked in my office that morning, my bookkeeper at the time, Terry Haynie, told me that a plane had struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. We wondered how such a tragedy could occur. When the second plane struck the South Tower, we knew that America was under attack.
“Almost 3,000 innocent people died that day at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93. They were workers at their desks in their offices, travelers headed to destinations for work, play, or home, and first responders called upon to give their all.
“The evils of 9/11 still horrify, yet the acts of great courage that also occurred that day still inspire. Firemen rushed into burning buildings to save everyone they could. Coworkers stayed with colleagues who could not flee rather than saving themselves. Passengers on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania stormed the cockpit of the plane to prevent its use as a weapon. Americans showed that they would not be cowered in the face of terror.
“We can never forget September 11 as long as this nation endures.”