Rep. Maloney on 15th Anniversary of 9/11
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement commemorating the 15th Anniversary of 9/11.
“On this day, the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Americans of every political persuasion, race and religion pause and remember a time when this country stood together at its most united, when we saw humanity at its finest and witnessed the great city of New York at its most courageous. It was the day of the worst terror attack in American history, but in our great sorrow we were able to draw strength and comfort from leaning on one another – neighbor comforting neighbor, strangers propping one another up as we dealt with the unbearable wound inflicted on our city and nation.
“That day, there were countless tales of everyday New Yorkers putting their lives at risk to save others or to give comfort to the wounded and dying. Our first responders, New York’s bravest and finest, rushed in through the smoke and the flames, not hesitating for a moment, thinking only of saving as many people as possible.
“On this 15th Anniversary, we remember and honor those innocent lives that were taken, the lives irreparably changed, and recall with heartfelt gratitude the heroes who ran towards danger to protect our loved ones. We also remember the men and women who have lost their lives since 9/11 or are suffering serious illnesses today from their exposure to Ground Zero. And with those memories in our hearts, let us solemnly renew our pledge to ‘Never Forget.’
“Last December, after years and years of efforts, Congress helped keep that pledge by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. This $8.1 billion measure fully funds the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for an additional five years and makes the World Trade Center Health Program essentially permanent. As the author and lead House sponsor of this legislation, I was so proud to work with Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Peter King, along with hundreds of dedicated advocates and volunteers to make sure Congress kept its word to those who were there for us on 9/11. Now, thankfully, no one suffering from a 9/11-related disease will ever have to worry about whether they will get the specialized health care they need. With more than a dozen people each week still to being diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer, that certainty is more important ever.
“‘Never Forget’ also calls us to remember that we are one nation – to remember the way all New Yorkers, and all Americans, came together in the aftermath of this attack on our values and way of life. Fifteen years later, I find that it is more important than ever to remember these values that bind us together rather than the differences that divide us.”