20 years ago today, 19 al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four aircraft and claimed the lives of 2,974 people, shocking our nation and the entire world.
The devastation and destruction was heartbreaking, but swiftly overcome by American resilience following the attacks.
Heroic first responders ran towards danger, risking their own lives to rescue victims, and their selfless fortitude will always be remembered. The brave passengers of Flight 93 prevented further tragedy by overwhelming terrorist hijackers; their courage saved countless American lives.
Regardless of political party, race, or creed, the 9/11 attacks on our nation remind us of the unifying values that can bring Americans together on the darkest of days.
Today, I want to especially commend the work of the men and women responsible for the new 9/11 Memorial Monument in New Mexico. This community-sponsored Memorial Monument in the Village of Williamsburg was created by hardworking and dedicated New Mexicans to pay solemn tribute to those we lost on 9/11, and the heroes who rose amid the flames.
Following the attacks, 42 of New Mexico’s finest traveled across the country to assist in search and rescue operations; our country will forever be grateful for all first responders who served their fellow Americans.
I commend all the first responders, volunteers, and countless Americans from all backgrounds who helped us to heal in the wake of this great tragedy, and continue to pray for all families who lost their loved ones.