Members of Congress attend a remembrance ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, on September 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:12 PM PT – Monday, September 13, 2021
Congressional leaders commemorated 20 years since the September 11 attacks. A remembrance ceremony was held on the east front center steps of the Capitol on Monday and included top lawmakers from both parties and chambers.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke about the brave acts Americans partook in on September 11.
“20 years ago, we saw true evil. An evil that tried to destroy us, but good people become heroes in hard times and that’s how the American people responded, heroically,” he expressed. “We flew the American flag in homes across the country to honor the first responders who lost their lives and to celebrate the undying American values that a cowardly act of terrorism could not extinguish.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) touched on the sacrifice passengers on Flight 93 made for the nation.
“That day and the days that followed, we also showed the world how the greatest country in the world sticks togethers, stays strong and stands back up,” he explained. “When routine flights became deadly weapons, ordinary passengers used their final moments to save more innocent lives and quite likely, this Capitol.”
McConnell also paid tribute to those who have lost their lives while protecting the country since September 11.
“The attacks of September 11 have stolen the lives of about 3,000 of our people, but thousands of families and friends this anniversary will forever be deeply, terribly personal,” he stated. “Over two decades of fighting back against terrorist killers, thousands more newly-minted Gold Star families have been dealt their own life changing sorrows because of this day.”
House and Senate lawmakers closed the ceremony with a moment of silence and a prayer led by Senate Chaplin Dr. Berry Black.