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Mike Garcia Releases Statement Ahead of the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) released the following statement ahead of the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001:

Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) released the following statement ahead of the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001: 

“On September 11, 2021, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001- one of the darkest days our nation has ever faced. This is a day we must never forget. We must always remember the lives lost and honor those who answered the call to serve that day and every day since. While we saw the worst of humanity that day, we also saw our nation’s very best, as first responders and civilians ran unyieldingly into burning buildings to save whoever they could. In the days that followed, we were a nation not of Democrats or Republicans, but of Americans. 

“For those of us old enough to remember that day, we remember exactly where we were when we got that dreadful news. I was in my final days of advanced training to be a U.S. Navy F/A 18 fighter pilot at Lemoore Naval Air Station. It was clear that day that the mission at hand had changed.  Less than two years after September 11th, I found myself flying combat missions during the first six months of Operation Iraqi Freedom over the skies of Baghdad, Fallujah, and Tikrit. 

“I know the events of the last few weeks have caused many who answered the call to serve following September 11th to question their service—but I want to tell you that it was not in vain. We killed Osama Bin Laden, eradicated a major portion of Al Qaeda, and prevented a major terrorist attack on American soil for the last 20 years. 

“As we reflect on that fateful day 20 years ago, and the tragic events in Afghanistan that unfolded over the last few weeks, we must keep our commitment to the Americans and Afghan allies that remain behind Taliban lines in Afghanistan. While my office has helped over 100 Americans and Afghan allies evacuate Afghanistan, I want to be clear—we will not leave anyone behind. My office and I remain committed to doing all that we can. 

“God bless all who lost their lives 20 years ago today. And God bless all who answered the call to serve that day and each day since. May America continue to stand up for freedom and stand united in the face of our adversaries. We will never forget September 11, 2001."