On this anniversary of 9/11 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and sent the following statements through his office staffers to Digital Journalist Jay David Murphy.
Senator Reid, "On September 11, 2001, beautiful Tuesday mornings in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania gave way to one of the most terrifying days in the history of our nation. The terrorists who attacked us that day didn’t just want to take lives and inflict physical harm, but they wanted to damage the psyche of our country. They soon discovered that America's resolve was impenetrable and that even in our worst hour, the best of our nation rose to the top."
The Senator in his email spoke about the "heroism" of the many people who were there on the scene at the World Trade Centers responding to the tragedy that continued beyond the initial passenger planes being crashed into the twin towers, and involving the rescuers themselves.
Senator Reid went on to compliment "all Americans" on their unity in that time of crisis that was unparalleled in our history. The only moment it could be compared to was the attack on Pearl Harbor in WW2 which took place against a military target by the Japanese.
He concluded his email statement with, "The lives that we lost can never be replaced and we must never let them fade from our memory. But we must also remember that we emerged from the sadness, grief and anger of that day as a stronger, prouder and more determined nation that will never cave to fear."
Today, we remember those whose lives were lost, those whose families were torn apart, and share with the country and the world our grief.
In America, as in Nevada, we continue to look to ways to never allow this kind of tragedy to happen again. We seek to unite, inform, and prepare not only for a terrorist incursion, but also seek to be ready for any disaster that may befall us in the future.
Americans have been tested again and again, as with Hurricane Katrina, and now with the economic crisis at hand. Each time the United States is tested, it responds, it changes, it grows more resilient, and through the process of democracy seeks to correct the mistakes of the past.
It our responsibility, duty, and obligation to those who lost their lives on 9/11 to continue to be united as a people, as a nation, and be a shinning light of liberty to the rest of the world.