Sep 11 2009

Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the anniversary of 9/11.


“All Americans have heavy hearts on this day as we remember and honor thousands of our fellow citizens who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. 


“Eight years ago today our nation realized how unattended hatred can result in disaster.  Since that time our homeland has been free of attack because we have taken the fight against a vicious enemy to all corners of the globe.  We have built new defenses, acquired new capabilities, but most of all – we have never lost our will to ensure the September 11th tragedy will never occur again on the American homeland.


“One of things that struck me on my recent visit to Afghanistan was the 19-year-old privates and 20-year-old corporals serving in the Army and Marines.  They were not even teenagers on September 11th, 2001.  Yet the most frequent response I received when asking why they joined the military was ‘I wanted to serve because of 9/11.’


“On this day of remembrance, America should honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks on America.  We should also express our gratitude and appreciation for the 9/11 generation of Americans who truly understand the meaning of that day and are determined to never let it happen again.”