Washington remembers 9/11

Washington remembers 9/11


WASHINGTON---(WENY) In our nation’s capital today, President Obama and members of Congress attended different ceremonies to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Hundreds of lawmakers today took a break from the politically charged environment in Washington.

In a rare act of unity, Democrats and Republicans, congressmen and senators sang “God Bless America” just as they did 12 years ago – to remember the lives lost on September 11th 2001.

House and Senate leaders recalled their memories of that fateful day. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “They said, ‘You all have to leave. There’s a plane headed for the Capitol.’…It was a state of a lot of confusion.   Staff and senators raced out these buildings.”

And, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recalls his experience, “Far too many died on that terrible morning. To the thousands who were cruelly taken from us – we say again that you will never be forgotten.”

A few miles down the road at the Pentagon where 184 people died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the side of the building, President Obama laid a wreath and spoke of the victims, the youngest of whom was only three-years-old.

During a speech, President Obama said, “Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away…those beautiful boys and girls just beginning to find their way who today would be teenagers and young men and women.”

Local Congressman Tom Reed (R ) said diligence is key to making sure the American people are kept safe from potential terror threats.

"We should always be diligent.  We have an obligation here in Washington to make sure American people and our national security concerns are protected.  And every year, at the least, we should take the day and reflect on that obligation and make sure we work towards achieving that."