It is hard to believe 14 years have passed since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country. None of us will ever forget where we were that day 14 years ago and how it affected us. The world changed before our very eyes, and, in many ways, it won’t ever be the same.
I know you join me in remembering the nearly 3,000 victims who lost their lives at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We honor the heroes who emerged that day and in the months and years to come: the first responders who ran into flaming buildings and the soldiers who volunteered to serve in the aftermath, many of whom laid down their own lives. May we always solemnly reflect on how much has been sacrificed on our behalf.
I believe it is also very important to share our memories of 9-11 with young people who were not alive or were too young to remember. Much like the memories of Pearl Harbor were passed along to us, we owe it to the next generation to explain what happened and how it reshaped our world. This reflection and sharing with young people can help us all reaffirm our steadfast belief in the American ideals of freedom, liberty and justice that make this country what President Abraham Lincoln called the “last best hope of Earth.”
This week also marked the third anniversary of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including our U.S. Ambassador. We remember those victims who unnecessarily lose their lives and say a prayer for their families on what I’m sure is a very difficult time for them.
As you know, I serve on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is charged with investigating what happened leading up to, during and in the wake of the attack. What began as far-from-clear explanations from the Obama Administration as to what exactly happened that day and why, has now turned into a remarkable stonewalling effort from the State Department on disclosing Benghazi-related communications to the Select Committee.
Despite these roadblocks, I remain committed to a thorough and fact-based investigation on behalf of the victims, their families and the American people who deserve the truth about what happened on a very dark day for our country. The Select Committee will be interviewing some high-ranking officials in the coming weeks, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides at the time. I will keep you posted on our progress.
Martha Roby represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. She is currently serving her third term.