WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in observance of the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
“Today, we mark the anniversary of the deadly attacks of 9/11. On this day in 2001, we came together as a nation to condemn our attackers, but also in service to others. We thanked and supported those selfless first responders who rushed to the horrific scenes in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pa. We helped strangers who were stranded as our transportation system ground to a halt. We mourned together and took comfort in the knowledge that we were all Americans. By law, this day is recognized not solely as a day of tributes and unity, but as a ‘National Day of Service and Remembrance.’
“We honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent lives lost on that day through service to others and our nation. As President Joe Biden said in his proclamation for 9/11, ‘When we come together on this day, and every day, we demonstrate that even in the darkness, America remains a bright beacon of light and hope for the world.’
“Whatever form it takes, whether a few hours a month or a lifelong career, through public service, each of us can make a difference in another person’s life.”