President Schockett: 'Today is a day of remembrance.'
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2021
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ann Schockett, President of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), issued the following statement on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
“Twenty years ago today, on an ordinary Tuesday morning, America changed forever when two airplanes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, another slammed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crumpled into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was the most violent act of terrorism ever to occur on American soil.
“Today is a day of remembrance: for those who were killed or injured, for the first responders who risked their lives to save others, and for the ordinary Americans who reached out to their neighbors to comfort and help one another in their mutual affliction.
“The days following September 11 were ones of unity. Houses of worship were packed. There were long lines of people waiting to donate blood to help the injured. The flags were at half-mast. Volunteers rushed to help clear the rubble, provide food for the rescuers, and help search for victims. America was bloodied, but unbowed in the face of evil.
“Today, the War on Terror continues. The Biden Administration has failed in its withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and the chaos is overwhelming. Yet there are veterans’ groups and private operations working to rescue stranded Americans and allied Afghanis. There are faith organizations and civic groups mobilizing to provide food, clothing, and shelter to incoming refugees. Americans are once again uniting to stare down terrorism.
“Today, there is a tall, gleaming building in lower Manhattan that is open for business. The Pentagon still stands. And there is a beautiful memorial in a field in Shanksville honoring those we lost that day. Evil did not win on September 11, and the American story continues.”
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest grassroots Republican women’s organization in the country. Building leaders, energizing communities and keeping America strong, NFRW empowers women from all backgrounds in the political process and provides a forum for women to serve as leaders in the political, government, and civic arenas.