U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Armed Services Committee — who served in the U.S. Navy Reserve including volunteering again after 9/11 — released the following statement in advance of the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
“On September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack forever changed the fabric of our nation. We must never forget the 2,977 people who lost their lives on that day, and the first responders who selflessly ran into danger to save lives. More than twenty years later, we must continue to support these heroic first responders, as well as the dedicated servicemembers and veterans who served in the Global War on Terrorism.
“In the more than two decades since this horrible tragedy, the threats to our nation have continued to evolve. As Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will continue leading efforts to ensure that our federal government has the tools and resources necessary to protect against these threats – foreign or domestic.
“In the days after September 11th, our nation came together to show our enemies that our resolve will always be greater than theirs. As we mark this tragic anniversary, we must remember to unite against the challenges we face and ensure that American communities are safe and secure for years to come.”