Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 Memorial tonight in Tempe

Tonight, Congressman Harry Mitchell and other will be part of a candlelight vigil in commemoration of the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The vigil will be held at the Tempe Beach Park at 7:00 p.m.

From an email -

Dear Friend,

Six years ago today, on a Tuesday morning that at first seemed much like this one, 19 hijackers -- under the direction of a madman -- terrorized our country, took the lives of thousands of Americans, and forever changed how we view the world around us.

I know that we'll never forget when and where we were when we first heard the news of the attacks, how we felt when we saw the horrific images, or how our sense of national pride was stirred by the stories of courage we heard that day.

Yet, we must do more than simply not forget. We must actively remember and honor those who we lost that day. We must remember how firefighters and police officers saved thousands of lives by rushing into the burning World Trade Center to help others to safety. We must remember the crew and passengers of United Flight 93 who thwarted the ability of hijackers on their flight from hitting yet another target. We must remember the ones we lost that day, including Tempe's Gary Bird, who was in the World Trade Center for a business meeting. Many of us in Tempe got to know Gary and his wife Donna through their service to our community.

Tonight, I will join with others in our community to remember and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 at a candlelight vigil being held at the Tempe Healing Field. I hope you'll consider joining all of us at 7:00 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park.

As we take time today to remember that horrible day, we are reminded that we must continue to be vigilant against terrorism. Six years have gone by, but Osama bin Laden remains alive and continues to plot attacks on the American people. As the recent video illustrated to us all, the threat is still real.

One of the first votes that I had the privilege to cast was for legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. While I am glad that this legislation is now law, unfortunately we still have more to do. You have my word that as long as I'm serving you in the House of Representatives, I'll continue to work as hard as I can to keep our country safe.

Sincerely yours,


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