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Larson on the Fourteenth Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2015
Press Release

Washington – “September 11th remains a touchstone in our national conscious,” said Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01). “No one can forget the heartbreak we felt fourteen years ago. Today we remember those who lost their lives as well as the loved ones who still feel their loss. We honor the courage of the first responders—our firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and everyday citizens—who risked everything to save others. On this day especially, we renew our commitment not only to their sacrifices then, but to the suffering and health effects so many continue to face.

“The attacks on 9/11 were meant to rip us apart. Instead, our nation came together—and we were stronger for it. Fourteen years later, division and discord threaten us anew. It is easy to forget that we remain one nation, and that each of us truly desires the best for our country and our future. Today in particular, we should strive for the warm courage of unity over partisan attacks. We should allow hope to triumph over fear.”

Larson is the co-sponsor of H.R. 1786, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, which would permanently extend access to critical health care to 9/11 responders and survivors across the country.