A moment that struck the nation, the deadliest terrorist attack, is unifying Americans 18 years later as U.S. leaders continue to rally together to commemorate it.
On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes, killing nearly 3,000 people, including attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, which is believed to have been targeting the U.S. Capitol or the White House. Nearly two decades later, many are offering heartfelt reflections from that day.
Both Republicans and Democrats are putting aside their difference as they remember that 9/11 “didn’t take our freedom—it only strengthened what we know to be true: America is the greatest country in the world, and it’s worth fighting for,” as Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) wrote.
Check out GOP comments below:
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) September 11, 2019
Incredibly moving morning on the steps of the U.S. Capitol as Members of Congress came together to honor the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and pay tribute to the brave first responders who rushed into harm's way.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 11, 2019
On the anniversary of #September11th, we honor all of those who lost their lives—including the first responders who rushed into harm’s way. We also salute the brave men and women who have served in defense of our great nation since that day. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/zJzbJME5Cj
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 11, 2019
And pray for the sacrifices of so many Americans over these 18 years to prevent another 9/11 against our country. Thank you & Godspeed to the troops, police, first responders, intelligence officers, & so many other professionals who protect America every day.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 11, 2019
September 11 was not just a day of personal tragedy. It was an attack on the United States, an attack on freedom, and an assault on civilization. We must never forget what was lost and what remains at stake. We must pledge to do all that we can to prevent future attacks. 2/2
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 11, 2019
Just completed the @911TwrChallenge with Sergeant Gonell of the @CapitolPolice. Thank you to ALL of our first responders who run towards problems every day — just like those who did on 9/11. We will never forget your bravery and your sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/OQtgdT39Ck
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) September 11, 2019
18 years ago I was entering an elevator after breakfast w/America's manufacturers when I heard of the first plane hitting the towers. That began a day I and our nation will never forget.
Our obligation is to make sure our children & their children never forget 9-11.
— Rep. Kevin Brady (@RepKevinBrady) September 11, 2019
We pause today to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda terrorists turned commercial airplanes into weapons of mass destruction. My statement: https://t.co/BTyz0vO1EO pic.twitter.com/qxdsTDg2FO
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) September 11, 2019
U.S. lawmakers are also honoring the “bravery of the emergency workers who rushed into danger in order to save lives,” as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted. Thousands of people were also injured that day.
Check out the remarks by Democratic lawmakers:
Today, we remember the 3,000 Americans we lost on September 11, 2001, and we honor the bravery of the emergency workers who rushed into danger in order to save lives.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 11, 2019
We must also reflect on the 18-year-old "war on terror" and the harm it has caused. If we do not move decisively to end America’s longest war, we will soon see servicemembers fight and die in Afghanistan and around the world in a conflict that was started before they were born.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 11, 2019
Just as every generation has tragedy, every generation has heroes. The heroes of September 11th — the first responders, the helpers, and those who stood strong in the face of evil — deserve our solemn remembrance and respect today.
— Michael Bennet (@MichaelBennet) September 11, 2019
Today, we mourn those lost on September 11, 2001.
We also honor our 9/11 community as the pinnacle of courage, sacrifice, and heroism. They were there for us—and our moral obligation to stand with them continues.
May we always live up to the promise to #NeverForget.
— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (@gillibrandny) September 11, 2019
It’s been 18 years since the horror of 9/11—when we saw humanity's worst in the terror inflicted on our nation & its best in our first responders. Today we honor those we lost including hundreds of New Jerseyans—let’s honor them not just with words but with our actions & service.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 11, 2019
On this day 18 years ago, our nation was forever changed. Today, we remember those loved ones lost & those who went above and beyond, answering the call to action in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. May God bless us all and may God bless the United States of America. pic.twitter.com/eA1qegQpI3
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) September 11, 2019
We will never forget the lives lost 18 years ago today.
We are resilient, we will never stop fighting for our freedom, and we will never forget. pic.twitter.com/3l9Qk06Vy9
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) September 11, 2019
Additionally, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump paid tribute to those whose lives were lost and those who lost a loved one, as she wrote, “We will #NeverForget.”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 11, 2019
President Donald Trump also declared that “we will never forget.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019
“Today, our nation pauses to remember and honor those who fell on 9/11,” Vice President Mike Pence tweeted. “Their memory will always be in the heart of every American and we will never forget the heroism and courage shown on that fateful day.”
The president, joined by the first lady, is expected to partake in a ceremony at the Pentagon on Tuesday for the anniversary of 9/11. Pence will be delivering a speech in Pennsylvania at Flight 93 national memorial ceremony.