Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States:
“Today, we hold the victims of September 11 and their families in our hearts just as much as we did twelve years ago. We remember the first responders who rushed to ground zero, and the brave men and women in uniform who have confronted terror around the world in the years since.
“This day now carries the additional heartache and outrage of the Benghazi attack one year ago. There is no question that the fight against al Qaeda and Islamic extremism is not over. We must never be deterred from identifying our clear enemy—not by political correctness or by pretending they are any less determined to attack us.
“While there are many ongoing debates in our country about the complex national security issues borne out of September 11, 2001, this anniversary should always remind Americans of how we stood united in the midst of tragedy, and responded with courage and perseverance.”