Sunday, September 11, 2011

Heath Shuler on 9/11

Dear James,

On September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans had their lives taken in the worst terrorist attack to ever take place on U.S. soil. Today, as we observe the 10th anniversary of those attacks, I ask you and all Americans to come together to remember those who died and to stand by their families and loved ones.

Today is a day for Americans to reflect on the past and to look forward to the future.  Our nation is safer today  because of the tremendous efforts of our Armed Forces, local and state law enforcement officers, first responders, and intelligence community.  Our nation and our people are resilient. We will continue to overcome any challenge before us as one people. And we will continue being a shining beacon of freedom, hope, and inspiration for people around the globe. No individual or organization founded in fear will ever extinguish that light.

There will be many ceremonies this weekend in communities across Western North Carolina to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. At 1 p.m. today, there will be a national moment of silence. Governments, businesses, houses of worship, fire and police departments, and others across the country will ring bells and sound sirens to observe this moment of silence. I ask that you stop and pause during this time to join our country in reflection and remembrance.


Heath Shuler
Member of Congress


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