"The world watched in helpless horror but, somewhere in the Pennsylvania sky, Americans fought back."

Lincoln, NE - U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks:

"On this anniversary, we remember the thousands of Americans who lost their lives to violent jihad. Our hearts break anew. We mourn with children who never met their fathers, spouses who said hurried goodbyes, and all who suffer wounds that time cannot heal.

"Although the remembrance of that day's events brings pain and sadness, it also lends courage and resolve. Perhaps none more so than the heroism of the passengers of Flight 93.

"The world watched in helpless horror but, somewhere in the Pennsylvania sky, Americans fought back. Determined that no more innocents would die at the hands of cowards, 33 passengers and seven crew members perished so that others might live.

"Todd Beamer, a husband and father, gave new breath to freedom's enduring cry with a simple phrase: 'Let's roll.' After Al-Qaeda turned airliners into weapons, Beamer and others made a drink cart their battering ram. While we know few details beyond the discordant sounds of a voice recorder, this much is clear: their fight to retake the cockpit saved untold numbers-perhaps the White House or Capitol.

"Fourteen years ago, America's first counterattack in the war against violent jihad was won in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Make no mistake: that war continues today.

"May we renew our commitment to liberty and draw strength from the bravery and selflessness of Todd Beamer and his fellow passengers."