Floor and Committee Statements

Thursday, September 10, 2009

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Floor Statement on the Dedication of the Memorial to Flight 93
Remarks as Delivered on the Senate Floor

Mr. President, the Senate this week, and the whole world--or at least the United States of America, and I wish the whole world--were remembering back to what happened on 9/11/2001 in the United States. Yesterday, most appropriately in this Capitol, just outside of the Rotunda, the Senate and the House jointly dedicated an outstanding memorial to those passengers on United Flight 93, where 33 passengers risked and lost their lives but turned what was the worst day in American history--in terms of the defeat--into the first victory of the war on terror.

On that plane were many Americans who at the last minute had changed their flights. They weren't originally scheduled to take that plane but changed it for various reasons. Maybe it was fate. Don't know what it was. But one of the individuals on that flight was Georgine Corrigan. Georgine Corrigan lived in Honolulu. Georgine Corrigan was really a world renowned antiques dealer. Georgine Corrigan was the sister of Robert Marisay. Robert Marisay lives in Woodstock, GA. Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I had the occasion to meet him as he traveled to Washington to see the unveiling of that remarkable marker now hanging in the Capitol.

In the few moments I had to share with him, he shared with me his love for his sister but also his profound pride in what those people on that plane had done that day. Many of us who are here today in the Capitol may not, in fact, have been here in this Capitol today had they not been able to take that plane down and take it away from the terrorists who had hijacked it.

So as we remember the tragedy of Ð9/11, as we recommit ourselves as Americans to never, ever having an incident like that happen again, it is important that we remember each and every individual who lost their life in the tragedies of 9/11, whether it was in New York City, at the Pentagon, or in Shanksville, PA. It was a tragic day in our country, a day that opened with great hope, with blue skies on a warm autumn day with a crisp autumn breeze, and ended as the most tragic day in American history.

I am proud of the Senate and the House for the honor they bestowed upon Fight 93 yesterday, and I encourage all in this body to never, ever forget the tragedy of that day and to renew our commitment to see to it that it never happens again.