Gabbard Joins in Introducing Resolution Marking 15th Anniversary of 9/11

September 9, 2016, 8:09 AM HST · Updated September 11, 4:51 AM
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Honors Fallen Warriors at Makawao Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Service. Courtesy photo.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Maui. Courtesy file photo.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard today joined congressional colleagues in introducing a bipartisan House Resolution marking the 15th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Gabbard said the resolution aims to honor more than 3,000 innocent men, women, children and first responders killed in the incident, and more than one million men and women who have served in the US military since that time, including more than 6,800 who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

She said the resolution honors the sacrifices made by military families and reaffirms the responsibility of the US Congress to honor the generation of post-9/11 veterans.

In addition to her role in congress, Gabbard is a twice-deployed combat veteran of the Iraq War.

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Joining her in introducing the resolution was Scott Perry (PA-04), who co-chairs of the Congressional Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus with Gabbard.  Reps. Joe Heck (NV-03), Ryan Zinke (MT), Ted Lieu (CA-33), and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) are original cosponsors.

Members of Congress also gathered on the House steps this morning to remember the victims of 9/11 and hold a moment of silence in their memory.

“Fifteen years after our nation experienced one of the most horrific attacks in our history, we must remember the cost of war and those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.  As we stand together to defend our nation against those who wish to do us harm, we must strengthen our commitment to those who continue to serve our nation at home and abroad, honor our veterans, and focus on the common values and principles that bind us together as we do the people’s work” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

“After more than a decade of war, not only do we honor the souls lost 15 years ago, we honor the nearly 7,000 patriots who paid the ultimate price in avenging the 9/11 attacks and preserving our freedom.  Let us not forget also the brave men and women who currently serve in harm’s way to defeat the threats of our time and keep our country safe,” said Rep. Scott Perry, a Post 9/11 veteran.

“The world witnessed the best and worst of humanity that day. I prefer to remember the best. While America suffered a great loss and was pushed to her limits on September 11th, we came out stronger as a nation. We proved we are a nation whose spirit could not be broken, only made tougher, in the wake of tragedy. The unity we felt in the aftermath is a unity I’d like to see again as we tackle some of the biggest issues facing our great nation,” said Rep. Ryan Zinke, a retired US Navy SEAL Commander.

“The 9/11 attacks are forever carved into our memories,” said Rep. Joe Heck, a Brigadier General in the US Army Reserve. “And as a veteran, I believe it is our duty to always remember those who lost their lives in the attacks and those members of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country in the aftermath. In some ways, our country was changed after September 11th. But one thing that has never changed is the commitment and dedication of the men and women willing to serve our nation, whether wearing the uniform of the Armed Forces or first responder, and  I am pleased to join with my fellow Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus members in introducing this resolution and urge its swift passage.”

Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Scott Perry launched the bipartisan Congressional Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus in 2015 on the 12th Anniversary of the Iraq War. The caucus includes a bipartisan group of Members who have served in the military after 9/11, and who are dedicated to issues related to the newest generation of veterans.

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