WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement honoring the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on its 16th anniversary:

“Today I join Americans everywhere in honoring the thousands of innocent lives that were lost 16 years ago when radical Islamic terrorists perpetrated attacks of unimaginable evil against our country. While we can never forget the anger and anguish we felt, we also will never forget the awe we felt in watching our first responders risk their lives to save others, and the everyday Americans across the country who stepped up in the aftermath to help, including thousands who were inspired to answer the call to duty and join our military.

“Through all of the destruction, the American spirit was never broken, and our resolve proved it never could be. Though our country continues to face serious threats both at home and abroad, we will never surrender our American ideals and way of life. Let us all reflect today on how blessed we are to live in the greatest country in the history of the world, and continue to pray for those we lost, as well as those in our military who sacrificed in order to serve and who continue protecting our freedoms.”