Special to The Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11:
“As a nation, we remember the pain 9/11 has brought upon our homeland. The shock of an unprovoked attack, the outrage against known perpetrators, the shared sadness at the loss of life, and, as the years rolled on, the bitterness against what seemed like an almost insurmountable task of bringing the architects of 9/11 to justice.
“Families, entire communities, and our society’s roots were torn asunder with the loss of those innocents murdered at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 11, Flight 175, Flight 77, and Flight 93. Through our hunt of Al Qaeda, millions of military families, veterans, and members of the U.S. Armed Forces have paid a heavy price while in service to their country.
“Now, eleven years later, we can commemorate the 11th of September assured that the original mastermind behind arguably the most detestable and devastating peacetime attack on Americans has finally been caught and neutralized, never to threaten the free world again. Though the death of Osama Bin Laden will never replace the loss of loved ones and neighbors, it will come as some solace that our nation is safe from his personal engagement in the War on Terror.
“As we remember the previous decade, it must be proudly noted that through the grief of a nation shone a steely resolve to search for justice and a unified ambition to heal our wounds as a society. Today, we stand together in sustained vigilance against those who might harm the United States—and in support of the individuals who sacrifice of themselves daily in order to protect those whom we love and the rights we hold dear.
“As a Member of Congress, I will continue to rely on the spirit of those Americans we lost on 9/11 to guide me in my duties to maintain our nation’s commitment to securing our nation, protecting our citizenry, and standing strong with our armed forces, now and forever.”