Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today, the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:
“On this day 15 years ago, the United States was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists in a shocking, coordinated display of barbaric and brutal mass violence. Americans responded as Americans do, with bravery, selflessness, patriotism, and sacrifice. The heroes of that day – men and women at the Pentagon, in New York City and the Pennsylvania sky – will never be forgotten. We remember and honor the first responders, police officers, firefighters, service members, and everyday citizens who rushed to the aid of their fellow countrymen, because they represent what is best about our country.
“Since that day, America has been at war with an evil ideology that despises freedom and basic human rights. In places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and some places that will never be known, our nation has lost sons, daughters, fathers and mothers as they fought to keep us safe.
“Americans have also lost friends and loved ones in cities like Boston, Chattanooga, Fort Hood, Little Rock, San Bernardino and Orlando. The threat of small groups of jihadists and lone individuals inspired by al Qaeda or ISIS persists, which is why we must remember what happened on 9/11 and why we must remain vigilant.
“We are grateful for those in the intelligence community, diplomatic service and our military who are on front lines of this battle. We must make sure they continue to have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs effectively, because the threats to our nation from abroad and here at home continue to grow.
“So today, as we reflect on those we lost 15 years ago, and four years ago in Benghazi, let us recommit as Americans to standing united in defense of our freedoms, values, and one another.”
Rubio is a cosponsor of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.