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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Commemorates 16th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

September 11, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement commemorating the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and thanking first responders and service members.

“Sixteen years ago, we experienced unspeakable acts of terrorism on our own American soil, which changed the course of our country forever,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Today, as we look back at what has transpired since then, we remember those who died on this day, and honor their lives. On this solemn anniversary, we pull ourselves together to find the strength and courage with which our country responded to these attacks.” 

“We also remember the first responders who gave all of themselves to save people in burning buildings as well as those who fought terrorists that hijacked those four planes. We will never forget. May God bless all the heroes of that day – they live in our hearts and memories forever.”

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred when 19 members of Al-Qaeda hijacked four U.S. passenger airliners. Two of the planes struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the final plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

President Donald Trump held a moment of silence today to remember this tragic day and Congressman Gonzalez is calling for all Americans to practice a day of observance to respect the lives that were lost to these violent acts of terrorism.