Rep. John Lewis on 17th Anniversary of 9/11 Disaster
“When planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and crashed in Pennsylvania, this nation was changed forever. Since that time other major cities around the world have been attacked, and we realized that the nature of international conflict was forever transformed. Since that day, this nation has been engaged in extensive, nearly on-going military operations trying to abate the threat of terrorism.
“Our hearts go out to all the families whose loved ones have died in battle and to the 3,000 men and women who lost their lives on this day 17 years ago. With every tragedy of war, we recognize more urgently the continuing need for peace. We recognize that it is better to build and not tear down, to reconcile not divide, that it is better to love and not hate. My prayers are with the families today hoping they will find their way to peace, and that we, as a nation and as a world community, will reconcile our differences, learn to share our resources, and discover how we can live together on this planet as one human family. “