Statement of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney of New York on the Resolution To Recognize the Anniversary Of September 11, 2001
It is an honor to serve in the people's House as a representative of New York City, the greatest city in the world.
For the nation, today is a day of solemn reflection and remembrance.
We have all tried to mark this day in our own personal ways. I have just returned from a memorial service at Ground Zero, a sacred place for us all.
My thoughts and prayers over this year have been for my beloved city whose residents have been fundamentally affected by 9/11.
Just a year ago, our country witnessed the evil actions of cowards that resulted in more than 3,000 people tragically dead and 2,000 children without a parent.
Mr. Speaker, there may not be another Member of Congress who lost more constituents in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center than I did. I applaud the House for introducing this resolution celebrating America's resolve and commemorating the lives of those we lost. This resolution, in a small way, can help to continue the process of national healing and renewal.
We will never forget the hundreds of New York City firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMS who responded to the attacks, and valiantly fought through the terrible conditions to rescue victims and to provide emergency care to the injured immediately after the attack. Tragically, the World Trade Center towers collapsed while these heroes were attempting to save innocent lives - 343 firefighters and paramedics and 60 police officers made the ultimate sacrifice.
Over these past twelve months, we have witnessed countless selfless acts by public servants and private citizens, by our friends and neighbors. It is this wonderful spirit embodied by our City and our great nation that gives us hope.