CONGRESSMAN UNDERWOOD FROM GUAM

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

 

NEWS RELEASE September 11, 2002

CO-SPONSORS, ADDS TERRITORIES TO HOUSE RESOLUTION
COMMEMORATING SEPTEMBER 11

Congressman Robert A. Underwood has signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution commemorating Sept. 11. The resolution, sponsored by House Majority Leader Richard Armey (R-TX) and Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) was considered on the House floor today, Sept. 11, in Washington, D.C.

In signing on as a co-sponsor, Congressman Underwood requested the addition of the word "territory," to include the territories with the states in the Congress's formal expression of remembrance. His request was granted and the inclusive clause now reads, "Whereas, while the States of New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania bore the brunt of the terrorist attacks, every State and Territory and all Americans were affected and mourned these tragic losses."

The Congressman also submitted a statement in support of the resolution. His statement follows.

STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD

Resolution Relating to the Recognition and Anniversary of September 11, 2001

 

September 11, 2002

It is with a most profound sense of remembrance that I rise in support of this resolution, which I am proud to cosponsor. Although, Guam, the distant U.S. Territory I have the privilege of representing in this body, is roughly some 10,000 miles away from the City of New York, Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia, its people, my constituency, share in the sorrow and concern for those directly affected by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation. Our geographic isolation and great distance from the mainland has not kept us from taking part in the healing process, in demonstrating our resolve, and in providing for the defense of our country. This past year has been a time of anguish and renewal for many. It has been a time of trepidation over our future in a world with division, unresolved differences and Weapons of Mass Destruction. As we reflect on the events of one year ago, we are reminded of who we are as a people, of what we believe in as a nation, and of the values that make our democracy strong.

The people of Guam are a patriotic people, whose loyalty to the United States has been tested in our most darkest hours of history. As many of my colleagues recall, concurrent with the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Guam was also attacked, invaded and then occupied. During World War II, our island endured a 32-month brutal occupation. Survival during this daunting and difficult period emboldened the people of Guam and taught us to cherish freedom and democracy. It was with this experience, etched in our memories, that we were confronted with the events surrounding the most devastating attacks on American civilians in our nation's history on September 11, 2001. In the days that have followed, school children on Guam, like many across the country, have penned their thoughts on paper and creatively expressed their feelings in drawings and illustrations for the families, firefighters, police officers, rescue personnel, and others that were a part of this tragedy. On Guam, like everywhere else in the country, scores of American Flags waved atop cars, trucks, and buses, on backpacks of school children and in front of homes. People filled the pews in the churches and places of worship to pray for those who lost their lives and for comfort, hope and peace. The people of Guam also donated blood, time and money in support of the rebuilding efforts. Memorial concerts, performances, and vigils have been held to bring recognition of the American heroism that was so courageously displayed in the aftermath of the attacks.

Last November, I was able to travel to the New York City Office of Emergency Management where I witnessed firsthand the professional, compassionate work of the people of New York in the face of this tragedy. I was able to bring with me then hundreds of support and thank you letters and drawings from school children on Guam.

To the families of those who lost loved ones, please know that the thoughts and prayers of the people of Guam are with you. To those first responders who aided in the rescue efforts and to those individuals who have committed themselves to the rebuilding efforts, please know that the people of Guam are grateful to you for your work and commitment. As we commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and pay tribute to all the goodness that has followed within the past year since that unforgettable day, let us never forget the sacrifice. The people of Guam stand in solidarity with the rest of our country. We continue to stand ready to do our part in this national crusade. As so often has happened in the past century, Guam is ready. We made our contributions in World War II and in the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. We will do our part, and more, again and again in this new century to defend our country, to preserve our democracy, and safeguard our values of freedom and liberty.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: guamtodc@mail.house.gov 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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