Last month the RNLA was thrilled to host the 2015 National Election Law Seminar at the Downtown Marriott in New York City. As you walked out the front door of the hotel, you couldn’t help but notice One Trade Center – the newly erected Freedom Tower – which was a beautiful reminder of how New York rebuilt in the midst of such tragedy.
The morning of the Seminar, RNLA President Larry Levy hosted a group of RNLA Members for a tour of the 9/11 Museum. He discussed his role that day as Deputy Counsel to Mayor Giuliani and other harrowing details of that fateful morning.
Being steps from the World Trade Center’s hallowed ground was a reminder of how we cannot forget the events that happened that day. Today, many Republican leaders remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the RNLA joins them in honoring those lives lost.
Americans again bow their heads in solemn commemoration of tragic loss, resolving never to forget the thousands of innocent lives taken 14 years ago. Americans again raise their hearts in remembrance of uncommon heroism, resolving never to forget fearless bravery high above white clouds or selfless compassion deep within dark tempests of paper and glass.
Americans saw the worst of humanity in the attacks of 9/11, but they also saw the best of their country in its aftermath. We should never cease to remember both -- just as we should never fail to honor the men and women, many in uniform, who endeavor so selflessly to bring justice to those who would do us harm.
My story could be much different, if not for the heroes on Flight 93. We know they saved countless lives and quite possibly the Capitol itself.
They saved us all, really. At the lowest moment in our history, they lived up to our highest ideals. Through tremendous love and sacrifice, they did the unforgettable -- as did so many on those three sacred pieces of soil. Now our brave men and women serve in their memory, engaged in the great task of keeping us safe and free.
This day is a harrowing reminder there are those who seek to do us harm simply because we are us. We saw this in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania fourteen years ago. And we saw this again in 2012, on the anniversary of September 11th when we lost four of our fellow Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith were diplomats we asked to represent us in a foreign land. Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were former Navy Seals who continued to serve even after the uniforms were pressed and put away.
Since the creation of the Select Committee, our aim has been straightforward: conduct an investigation that is worthy of the memory of those who died and worthy of the trust of our fellow citizens. Despite the Administration’s obstruction and the attempts by others to distract from the investigation, this Committee has worked hard to uncover all the facts and follow where they lead.