Hirono Commemorates 14th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001:
“Communities across the country gather today to reflect and remember the more than 3,000 individuals, including five from Hawaii, who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and to cherish the heroism demonstrated by the passengers on Flight 93. Like many in Hawaii, I remember hearing news of the attacks that morning and being stunned, and then deeply moved by stories of first responders and everyday citizens on the street racing into the most horrific of circumstances, without hesitation, to come to the aid of others – such as Pentagon Police Officer and Waianae native, Isaac Hoopii, who ran into the rubble to carry eight people to safety, while leading out many more.
“We must honor and remember the extraordinary efforts of those who sacrificed their lives to protect their fellow citizens. I was reminded of these brave, selfless people when I visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. We must also thank those Americans who defend us today in our communities at home and abroad. In their honor, now is the time to uphold our commitment to first responders who continue to suffer from health problems related to the attacks, and to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are transitioning back to civilian life.”
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