Ahead of 20th Anniversary of 9/11, Norton Releases Statement Honoring D.C. Residents Lost that Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on District of Columbia residents to remember the children, teachers, and others lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attacks.
“Tomorrow will mark 20 years since our nation and our city incurred a tragedy that shook us to our core,” Norton said. “We will never forget the three District of Columbia public school students, Rodney Dickens, Asia Cottom, and Bernard Brown; their three teachers, James Debeuneure, Sarah Clark, and Hilda Taylor; and the two National Geographic chaperones, Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson, who were on board the hijacked plane that struck the Pentagon on 9/11. We honored them all in 2011, especially the children who had just won a National Geographic contest, by planting trees that will forever grow in their memory. We also will never forget the brave, selfless first responders who put their lives in danger to save the lives of others at a moment’s notice. Here in the District, what that day taught us is that our region’s safety and security is always on the line, and we that must always be vigilant in our resolve. District residents, and the entire nation, will never forget the sacrifices made 20 years ago and the thousands of innocent lives taken from us all.”