BETHLEHEM, PA – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement regarding the 9th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States:

“This weekend, countless Americans across the country will gather to recognize the 9th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. With heavy hearts, our attention will turn to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, where thousands of lives were taken by radical terrorists determined to end the American way of life, and the families in communities throughout the United States who lost loved ones.

While the horrific acts that unfolded on a quiet morning nine years ago illustrated the most disturbing and vile aspects of humanity, it is important that we remember the hatred of those who perpetrated and supported these attacks will forever be overshadowed by the compassion and solidarity exhibited by the American people in their aftermath.

As we appropriately memorialize the many lives lost on September 11th, 2001, let us also pay tribute to the selfless and heroic acts of the first responders and civilians who risked their own safety to help those in danger.”