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Statement of Senator Mike Enzi

On the 11th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

September 11, 2012

Mr. President, we all have heavy hearts this morning as we remember with vivid detail the events that took place just 11 years ago. I came across something that puts this anniversary into perspective and I think it’s worth reflecting on as our country was forever changed by this tragedy. This is from Debbie Macomber’s One Simple Act.

“After the bombing of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, the nation was stunned. Parents didn’t know what to say to their children. They’d seen such evil things on television that even adults couldn’t put the events into any kind of context. When a few parents wrote to Mr. Rogers, the beloved children’s television personality, to ask for advice, Fred Rogers said, “Tell them to watch the helpers.” What wise advice. I’ve thought about his answer many times. When tragedy hits, don’t focus on the face of pain and horror. Let your eyes follow those who are rescuing, feeding, healing, sweeping, comforting, and rebuilding. On 9/11, it was the selfless firefighters who took center stage. They will be remembered long after the evildoers are forgotten.”

I can’t think of a better tribute today than to remember all the good that took place that fateful day and to always watch the helpers.