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KITV 4 Island News: Hawai'i Rep. Kai Kahele reflects on 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2021

'Our nation’s resilience is strengthened on this day as we come together to remember. We will never forget,' Kahele said. 

U.S. Congressman Kai Kahele released the following statement on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. 

“Today, 20 years after the harrowing attacks on our nation, we remember the 2,977 American lives lost, the heroism of our courageous first responders who ran toward danger and the bravery of ordinary people who helped their fellow Americans. Let us also remember the families who lost their loved ones, and the men and women who were deployed to war following that attack. Our nation’s resilience is strengthened on this day as we come together to remember. We will never forget.”

On that day, Kahele said that he remembered surrounding the television at the 50th Flying Training Squadron ops desk with his pilot classmates, watching the attacks. 

Kahele was stationed at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, attending Air Force Pilot Training when he just received his commission seven months prior as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Hawai'i Air National Guard. 

"That day set the narrative for the rest of my now twenty-year military career, and led to my first combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2005 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism," Kahele said in a statement.