Congresswoman Elaine Luria Statement Marking 18 Years Since the Terror Attacks of September 11, 2001

September 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran who retired in 2017 at the rank of Commander, issued the following statement today.

“Eighteen years ago today, I was standing watch in the reactor plant aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN in Norfolk Naval Shipyard. As news began to trickle down to us of the horrific attacks, I couldn’t wrap my head around what had happened until someone said ‘we are at war,’” Congresswoman Luria said. “These words resonate with every woman and man in uniform. That night, I tore up the letter of resignation I had recently written and spent the next 16 years fighting that same war. Never forget those innocent lives lost that day and the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen who have given their lives since to protect our freedom.”

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.