Statement by Congressman Jim Langevin in Recognition of One-Year Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Sep 11, 2002
(Washington, D.C.)–Congressman Jim Langevin will deliver a portion of the following statement today between 12:30pm and 5:00pm.  The full statement will be entered into the permanent Congressional Record.  C-Span, Channel 31 in Rhode Island, will carry Langevin’s Floor statement live.

 Mr. Speaker, today I join hundreds of millions of people in the United States and throughout the world in solemn reflection on the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  One year has passed since that horrific day thrust the world into shock and sadness, and while some of the pain has subsided, our wounds have not entirely healed, particularly for those who lost loved ones in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.  However, by responding to this tragedy with hope and determination, our nation has grown closer and stronger.

As the initial confusion and chaos of the terrorist attacks subsided, we became familiar with some of the names and faces of the victims of September 11.  Rhode Island was touched personally by this tragedy through the loss of several who had called our state home.  David and Lynn Angell, Carol Bouchard, Renee Newell, Mark Charette, Michael Gould, Amy Jarret, Kathryn LaBorie, Shawn Nassaney and Lynn Goodchild - we learned about these individuals, their interests and their lives.  We prayed for their families and loved ones and responded to their grief with compassion.  As in the past, Americans offered a great deal of sympathy and support to those touched by tragedy, donating over $2.4 billion and countless hours of volunteer service to assist the victims’ families and contribute to rebuilding efforts.  We are again reminded that, though the terrorists attacked our nation, they did not and cannot damage our spirit.

We have grown so much in the last year.  We have become closer as a nation, united in our support for freedom and democracy.  We have been reminded of the importance of our friends, family, and community, and have strengthened our bonds with those we love.  Our government has worked to improve the safety of the American people and has acted in partnership with nations across the globe to replace cruelty and barbarism with democratic principles.  

While we have made significant progress in dismantling global terror networks, our work is not yet complete and will require continued cooperation with other countries, as well as the support and patience of the American people, as no one expects the problem to be solved quickly.  We must ensure that that the United States' ongoing response to the attacks is careful, targeted, and appropriate, and promotes democracy and human rights.  

One year ago, I shared in the grief of millions as I witnessed our nation attacked.  Today, I continue to believe in the goodness of the American people and the value of our cause.  On this solemn occasion, I pay tribute to those who lost their lives to their friends and families who continue to grieve, to the American heroes who dedicated themselves to rescue and recovery efforts, to our servicemen and -women who are defending our nation against the ongoing threat of terrorism, and to the spirit of America, which has helped us endure these difficult times and will make us grow stronger from our sacrifices.  

God bless America.