Never forget – September 11, 2001

September 11, 2020

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By a Biometrica staffer

It has been nineteen years since the deadliest terror attacks on American soil resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. The US Department of Justice paid a special tribute to the more than 70 members of its law enforcement family who lost their lives that day.

Here are snippets from the statements issued by Attorney General William P. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen.

On behalf of the Department of Justice, I convey my sympathy to the families of the victims of all who were lost that tragic day. Although nearly two decades have passed, we will never forgot those who were murdered. Nor will we forget who murdered them. This department’s resolve to protect the people of the United States — and to bring to justice those who would harm them — is as strong as it was on September 12, 2001.

On this anniversary, I extend particular gratitude to the law enforcement personnel and others who responded courageously to the attacks, many of whom gave the last full measure of devotion to save others that day and many of whom have later suffered from illness related to the attacks. The deadliest day in the history of American law enforcement was also its finest hour. In the images of police officers and firefighters charging into the burning towers and carrying to safety victims from all walks of life, we see the true character of those who volunteer to protect and serve. All Americans owe them their gratitude and steadfast support.

Attorney General Barr

For the full text of the Attorney General’s statement, click here.

Here, at the Department of Justice, we pay special tribute to the more than 70 members of our law-enforcement family whom we lost that day.  We also remember the first-responders who sacrificed their health and safety at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the collapse of the Twin Towers — many of whom ultimately gave their lives.  

Inspired by their selflessness, we rededicate ourselves to the relentless pursuit of justice and security and to the common values that bind us as a Nation.

Now too, we must make common cause with our fellow citizens and unite to face a national challenge of a different sort:  the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in over 100 years, we face a public health crisis that reaches coast to coast and around the globe. But I am confident that our country, and the Department of Justice in particular, are up to the task.

Deputy Attorney General Rosen

For the full text of the Deputy Attorney General’s statement, click here.