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Dr. Joyce Statement on the 19th Anniversary of 9/11

Somerset, PA – Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13), who represents Shanksville in the U.S. House of Representatives, today offered the following statement on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  

“On this solemn anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we honor the courage and sacrifice of the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93. In laying down their own lives to save others, these men and women embodied the true spirit of America – and the best of America. They didn’t set out to be heroes, but the moment chose them. Today we remember these brave souls and the nearly 3,000 precious lives heinously taken on that day, and we pay tribute to the police officers and first responders whose heroic actions saved countless lives in New York and at the Pentagon.

“It is my privilege to represent the hallowed ground of the Flight 93 Memorial in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I will continue fighting to ensure that the legacy of Flight 93 remains at the forefront of our approach to national security. What happened in his humble field transcends politics, and we owe it to the 40 crew and passengers of Flight 93 to make certain that future generations of Americans understand the significance of what transpired here.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that Americans preserve the legacy of Flight 93. As a nation, we are bound together by the commitment of the heroes who have gone before us. We are united, and we are resilient.”

This morning, Congressman Joyce attended the Flight 93 memorial ceremony alongside President Donald Trump, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and other national and local leaders.

Background:

Congressman Joyce serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he works to ensure that the legacy of Flight 93 is at the forefront of our approach to national security. Last year, his legislation to strengthen the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passed the House with overwhelming, bipartisan support.

Yesterday, Congressman Joyce published an op-ed in the Somerset Daily American honoring the heroes of Flight 93. Read it here.

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