Cardin Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.
“September 11 will forever be embedded into the American consciousness. On 9/11/01, America was attacked, but Americans also came together to show our strength and resilience in such a way that had not been seen for more than a generation. On this day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 innocent souls lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville, Pa., on the way to our Nation’s Capital. We recognize those who were lost to terrorism and those who sacrificed everything to save others.
“On this day, we are reminded that we are Americans and any other labels we assign to ourselves and others are secondary to the society we strive to perfect every day. The American spirit may have been shaken on that day in 2001, but it continues to be the embodiment of compassion, charity and selflessness. On this day of reflection, we as a nation and as Americans choose to look forward to a positive future. We thank those who sacrifice each day to stand guard and protect our republic, at home as first responders and overseas in military and civilian service to America. We understand the difference between patriotism – love of country, love of fellow citizens, love of our diverse communities – and nationalism that can be divisive, secluded and angry. We stand resolved to respect each other, help each other, and respect others around the world so that we can create a more peaceful, free and secure world at home and for all peoples.”
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