“In the aftermath of 9/11, we came together as Americans of all backgrounds and faiths united against terrorists who hijacked the Islamic religion and used it to justify their murderous and cowardly acts.   Many things have changed in the decade since that tragic day, but America’s pledge to provide liberty and justice for all remains constant and as strong as ever. 

“The devastating events that took place ten years ago have touched the lives of every American and are eternally sewn into the fabric of our history. The images of that day will forever be embedded in our minds and the victims will always have a special place in our hearts.  

“This country’s grace is built on the foundation of its people as was vividly displayed by the heroic first responders running toward catastrophe, selfless in their determination to protect and serve.  And despite hardships, challenges and unthinkable acts our resilience remains unbroken.

“People come to this great nation because they thirst for the freedom we have.  We will continue to set an example for the world as the land of opportunity, acceptance and independence and we will do so together as Americans.”


Congressman Brian Higgins represents the Western New York community situated on the U.S. northern border with Canada. He serves as a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs.