Congresswoman Betty McCollum's eNewsletter
Today on the eighth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we honor the memory of the victims, extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families, and recognize the heroism and courage displayed during rescue and recovery missions. It is a day none of us will ever forget.
Our response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 will define the meaning of that terrible day, and it will define us as a country. While we remain focused on preserving America’s security, we must be equally resolute in our commitment to protect the values and character that define America.
The legacy of September 11, 2001 will not be destruction, but instead a spirit of service that will strengthen our nation for generations to come. For this reason, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 718, which calls on all Americans to observe September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of those who were injured or lost their lives and in tribute to those who came to the aid of those in need. This resolution also challenges all Americans to continue to live with the same spirit of unity, service, and compassion that was exhibited following the attacks.
As we continue to mourn the victims of that awful tragedy eight years ago, I encourage all Americans to volunteer to serve their communities today and throughout the year.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum
Serving Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District
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McCOLLUM HONORS NORTH SAINT PAUL POLICE OFFICER RICHARD CRITTENDEN
To honor Police Officer Richard Crittenden, Congresswoman McCollum delivered a Congressional statement on the U.S. House Floor on September 10, 2009. She said, "Officer Crittenden gave the ultimate sacrifice - his life - in the line of duty. His service as a peace officer was always respected, but his courage and sacrifice makes him a hero who shall always be remembered and honored."
Funeral services will take place at 11 am on September 11, 2009 at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.
McCOLLUM SAYS "IT'S TIME TO FIGHT FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN"
After President Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress on September 9, 2009, Congresswoman McCollum said, "Republicans in Congress have a simple choice - work with the President and Democrats in Congress to make health reform that will benefit every American family a reality or remain on the extremist fringe fighting for the status quo."
McCOLLUM APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR URGING STUDENTS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND SET GOALS
This week, Congresswoman McCollum applauded President Obama's back to school speech in Arlington, Virginia. She said, "The fact that the most powerful officeholder in the world took time to speak to America's school children speaks far louder than any of the shrill anti-Obama voices. President Obama's speech echoed the message that teachers and parents communicate regularly to their children - take responsibility for your education and set goals. His speech struck the right tone for Minnesota students and students across America."