Senator Andrew Rice
Democratic Floor Leader
Senate District 46
For Immediate Release: September 8, 2011
Sen. Rice's Statement on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th
"As our state and nation approaches this emotional milestone
of the September 11th attacks, my hope is that we as Americans gain
a deeper understanding of our kinship with others suffering from
ongoing acts of terrorism and political violence around the world.
Almost every day people in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and
Iraq are living the horrors of their own 9/11s. And our military
personnel continue to serve in extremely precarious environments
in the Middle East and South Asia. We as a nation never asked to
become part of this unenviable global fraternity, but it's our responsibility
to not let our emotions of what terrorism does to us and our global
neighbors fade away.
Remember that my brother David, and the other 9/11 victims in New
York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, spanned not only the
American cultural, religious and political spectrum, but international
as well. As we try to dig ourselves out of the broken and divisive
political system we are currently mired in, Americans should remember
that our common grief and resolve to overcome the setback of 9/11
is the type of thing that should unite us as a nation, and not the
hollow and arrogant partisanship we see all around us."
*Senator Rice will not be doing any print, TV, radio or other
media interviews about the 10th Anniversary.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Rice: (405) 521-5610