U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Congressmen Vela and Gonzalez released the following statements marking 19 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks:
“Nineteen years ago, Islamic terrorists crashed planes into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York, crashed a plane into the Pentagon, and had hijacked a plane headed toward Washington, D.C. that crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
“Over three thousand innocent American lives were taken that day through acts of pure evil. Thousands of Americans lost husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters that day, and we still mourn the loss of their loved ones nineteen years later.
“September 11, 2001 was a watershed day in American history. Our freedoms and our very way of life came under attack. But Americans met the smoke, the haze, the evil, and the darkness of that day with courage, strength, self-sacrifice, and generosity. Many brave first responders paid the ultimate price and embodied the very best of our country. We emerged from the rubble united.
“Today, we stand together and remember the fallen, and show profound gratitude for the men and women who selflessly answered the call to defend our country. The service of our U.S. Armed Forces, law enforcement, and first responders ensures that our nation continues to represent a beacon of freedom for all, even when our resolve is tested. These sacrifices will never be forgotten.”
Congressman Filemon Vela’s Statement in Remembrance of the 19th Anniversary of 9/11
“Nineteen years ago, our country experienced an unprecedented and deplorable act of terrorism at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We somberly remember the 2,977 people who lost their lives, their families, and the thousands that were injured on that tragic day. On that fateful morning, and in the weeks, months, and years that followed, America demonstrated that when faced with the worst of humanity, we would emerge more unified and stronger in our efforts to combat terrorism and hate.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the fallen victims and their families, the brave survivors, and courageous first responders whose bravery and resilience will never be forgotten. The selfless and heroic acts of civilians and first responders on that day and the days that followed exemplify the compassionate American spirit that cannot be broken.
“As we remember this tragic event, I pledge to uphold and protect the American values of liberty, justice, freedom, and peace. America will not back down in fear to terror, but instead, remain resolute and united in ensuring its defeat. In our darkest hour, we came together as a nation. As we reflect on this somber day, let it also serve as a reminder that the fight continues to ensure our union stands firm and united against hate and terror, and that we should always strive to work together and support one another as we did following that tragic day.”
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez Remembers 9/11
“On this fateful day 19 years ago, the United States of America lost 2,977 lives to terrorism. That day changed the course of history for our country and the world. As we commemorate this day and honor the fallen heroes and victims, I pray for peace, guidance, and security for our great nation. Today we remember there is far more that unites us than divides us. And that should never change, regardless of political party affiliation.”