News from Representative Cummings

September 9, 2016

Dear Friend,

Fifteen years ago today, our nation endured a great tragedy that took the lives of thousands of women, men and children in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania.

Like every American, I was struck by the images on my television on the morning of September 11, 2001.  We must never forget this day, and we must treat it with great reverence and solemnity.

We must never forget the bravery of our first responders.  Rather than running away from the crumbling buildings at Ground Zero, our first responders ran toward them.  Rather than running away from the Pentagon as it burned, our first responders ran toward it.  And first responders nationwide mobilized and prepared for the worst on that day, ready to run toward the danger to protect all of us.

We must never forget how our nation came together in the days and months following the attack.  Every American—regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation or religion—turned our pain into purpose, promising to support all the victims of the attacks, their families, and our brave first responders.  We must keep that promise.

Today, let us all take time to reflect on this day in our nation’s history.  A day of great pain and sadness brought out the best qualities in our nation.  As we did in the days following the attacks, let us reach beyond seeking common ground, and seek higher ground together.


Elijah E. Cummings
Member of Congress

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