Lipinski Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski issued the following statement on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. He also attended ceremonies marking the occasion in La Grange, Western Springs, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Chicago Ridge, and Homer Glen.

“Ten years ago, terrorists killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on a brilliant morning very much like the one we experienced today. Our enemies aimed to extinguish America’s light of liberty. Instead, we unified and bravely stood firm together in defense of freedom. We have sworn never to forget Sept. 11, 2001 and to remember freedom is not free. The countless ceremonies occurring today in the Third District, throughout Illinois, and across America represent yet another fulfillment of that pledge. Both the tragic loss of life and the heroism that marked that day live on in our individual and collective memory. As Lincoln said at Gettysburg, our words can hardly add to or detract from this occasion or the innumerable sacrifices that have been made to protect our freedom. But we can renew our vow to honor the fallen and complete the unfinished work of our nation. As they would have us do, and as we must for the sake of America and its future, we remain ever vigilant in our pursuit of those who would do us harm. Make no mistake: it was our freedom that was attacked on Sept. 11. But it is our love of freedom that unites us as Americans, that strengthens our resolve, and that inspires the brave men and women who are defending us at this very moment.”

(September 11, 2001)