Hurtado Issues Statement on Twentieth Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks

September 11, 2021


For Immediate Release: September 11, 2021

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SANGER, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) released the following statement today, regarding the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“On this day twenty years ago, we saw our country experience its greatest tragedy but also our brightest beacon,” said Senator Hurtado. “Our Nation joined together as one to mourn and collectively hold our breath. We cheered and honored our heroes—those fire, police and EMT personnel who ran towards danger. We hugged and loved our families and our neighbors. As we remember the 2,977 people we lost that fateful day, we must work to bring back our sense of togetherness, and put aside our differences.”


On September 11, 2001 nineteen terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial jetliners, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center complex, and the Pentagon. A third plane, Flight 93, crashed into an empty field in west Pennsylvania after crew and passengers fought back against their attacker. 2,977 people were killed in these attacks, from 93 nations.


The first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:45 am. Less than twenty minutes later, a second plane hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. An hour later, at 9:45am a third plane crashed into the west side of the Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. A fourth plane, Flight 93, crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers and crew attempted to regain control of the plane.




About Senator Melissa Hurtado


Senator Melissa Hurtado represents a new generation of Latina leaders as the youngest woman ever elected to the California State Senate and a product of immigrant parents. Senator Hurtado represents the 14th Senate District and focuses on rural community issues that often go unheard — access to clean air and water, food insecurity and poverty, inequities in environmental policies, agriculture and access to health care. In July 2020, she was appointed to the national Biden Latino Leadership Committee alongside former Labor Secretary and current Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis – the only two California Latinas on the Committee.


For more information, visit Senator Hurtado’s Website here or find her on Twitter at @Senator_Hurtado