WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement on the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“Twelve years ago today, an act of profound evil was committed on American soil. Working in downtown New York City at the time, I still remember vividly the panic, the confusion, and the fear – but I also remember the compassion and selflessness that drove our first responders and countless volunteers to reach out to their fellow Americans in need. That day, and in the days that followed, America showed the world that it does not give up and that it does not back down. While the memory of the event itself may be fading for many of us now, those we lost that day remain as close to our hearts as ever.”

“I pray we use this solemn anniversary not only to remember our friends, family members, and neighbors killed in the attacks, but also to recommit ourselves to preserving their legacy, caring for the first responders who risked their lives to help others, and honoring our servicemembers as they fight overseas and when they return home.”