Schakowsky Statement on the 19th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2020
Press Release

EVANSTON – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the anniversary of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001:

“Today marks the 19th anniversary of September 11th, when thousands of innocent Americans lost their lives in a devastating terrorist attack on our nation – an attack that changed the world forever. And today we mourn and honor the men, women, and children who died in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on United Airlines Flight 93. We cannot forget the brave first responders who ran directly into harm’s way and gave their lives saving others, including the hundreds of first responders who survived that day in 2001, but have since died from their 9/11 related injuries and illnesses. We must never forget them, and it is up to us to remind today’s young people and generations to come of what happened that day and of the sacrifices that were made.

“Nearly two decades later, the heroism of the 9/11 first responders continues to give me an immense sense of hope. They selflessly gave themselves, no questions asked, to help those in need. And I see this heroism reflected in our nation’s first responders, frontline workers, and veterans today, as we battle a pandemic that has taken hundreds of thousands of American lives. The work they do honors the memory and legacies of those lost.

“Though September 11th was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, it was also a time when Americans came together to stand as one. Today, we must reflect on this sentiment and honor it – we must come together as one to help those in need and pull through the current crisis we face.”