Congressman Crowley on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th

September 11, 2011
Press Release

Queens, N.Y.Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

“Today, we honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th and the days, weeks and years following. In their memory, the resilient spirit of our nation and the unwavering resolve of the American people will live on.

“I am humbled to stand with the families of the victims at the World Trade Center today, including my own family as we mourn the loss of my cousin John. Their strength is tremendous and it is comforting to know that John rests with the thousands of heroes who put country first that day.

“I stood in the smoke and rubble of what was one of New York’s most majestic buildings on the morning of September 12, 2001. It was hard to imagine how in one place - on one morning - and in the greatest city in the world such loss could occur. But, despite the deep pain and mourning, there was also a feeling of pride. You could feel our country’s unity, our shared pain, and our determination to emerge stronger.

“That spirit is something I hope, I believe, we need to recapture. America is the greatest country in the world. The men and women who ran into burning buildings on September 11th ; the courageous passengers who forced the crash landing of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and our service members who have fought bravely for our country overseas – would never want us to forget that.”

Watch Congressman Crowley's tribute to the 10th anniversary of September 11th.

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.