Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement in remembrance of the anniversary of September 11th:
 
“Today marks 13 years since the tragic day that we lost 2,977 Americans to brutal and horrific terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  I know that for myself and for our nation, the pain of that day remains fresh in our hearts.

“My thoughts and prayers remain forever with the victims of 9/11 and their families.  We must recognize that without our dedicated first responders who showed unparalleled courage, the toll would have been much greater.  The police, firefighters, and emergency medical teams that responded on 9/11 are true heroes, who in the face of evil and terrorism, risked their lives for others and displayed the true resolve and values of our nation. 

“On this day of observance, we come together as a nation to remember these horrific attacks against our country and to honor the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others.  We will never forget.”