Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
“Today we focus our thoughts and prayers on all those who perished in the brutal attacks on our country on September 11, 2001. We pay homage to the families they left behind and salute the brave men and women who have kept us safe in the days since. We must never forget the first responders who selflessly risked and gave their lives trying to save their fellow Americans. The images of that day will forever be seared into our collective memory and the price paid will never be forgotten.”
“We must honor the devastating loss on that day with vigilance, temperament and resolve. We must remember that many of those who committed this tragedy still walk the earth free men, and continue to plot and plan against the U.S. and our interests. We must redouble our efforts to bring these men to justice and to prevent further attacks. Let today serve as a reminder that we must never become complacent, that we must always be vigilant and act in a manner in accordance with our values and with our nation’s best interests at heart.”
“Our brave men and women in uniform have done an outstanding job around the globe fighting for our freedom and we must honor their service with sound judgment and thoughtful policy. With dedication to our ideals and a commitment to bringing those who brought our country harm to justice, today we stand not as Democrats or Republicans, but as American citizens dedicated to ensuring we never witness an attack like September 11th  again.”