Congresswoman Lee Issues Statement on Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement recognizing the anniversary of September 11, 2001:

“Fourteen years ago, the world witnessed a terrible attack against our nation.  These events shattered our sense of security but from this tragedy, the American people arose united.

In those dark moments, the American people reached out to help one another and the American spirit prevailed over fear.

Today, we honor the thousands lost on that day and those we’ve since lost to 9/11-related illnesses. As a nation, we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to their families and friends; they forever remain in our thoughts.

We salute the selfless first responders, firefighters, police officers and ordinary citizens who risked their own safety, and in many cases sacrificed their lives, to help others.  We owe them a deep debt of gratitude and we must repay their sacrifice by ensuring that have access to quality healthcare, monitoring and compensation.

We remember the outpouring of American spirit in those days and recommit ourselves to one another and our nation.  As we mark this day, I encourage all to join the National Day of Service and Remembrance and give back to their communities.”

To learn more about the National Day of Service and Remembrance visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/.


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.