Rep. Driscoll Statement on Anniversary of 1/6 Capitol Attack

January 6, 2022

Photo Credit: Mark Garfinkel, markgarfinkel.com


STATEMENT


The lanterns are glowing again.


The lanterns in the steeple at the Old North Church in Boston are lit today.


They have been lit to mark the events of one year ago at our nation's Capitol. They shine to acknowledge all those that work to ensure our elections are free and fair.


The lanterns are glowing again.


They are a symbol reminding us of the struggle to birth our republic – a signal to do our collective part in its preservation. A message that our country is under a threat that must be addressed.


Earlier today President Biden addressed the nation from the Capitol saying, "[…] now it’s up to all of us — to ‘We the People’ — to stand for the rule of law, to preserve the flame of democracy, to keep the promise of America alive. That promise is at risk, targeted by the forces that value brute strength over the sanctity of democracy, fear over hope, personal gain over public good. Make no mistake about it: We’re living at an inflection point in history."


Today, I join the President and others in remembering those who were lost or injured protecting the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and condemning all those who took part in and ushered in the violent attack.


Like you, I watched when members of Congress and staff sought safety, fearing for their lives. I kept watching and proudly saw them return hours later to complete the electoral process.


Last year's seditious acts to delegitimize an election remind us that democracy is fragile and must be handled with care.


Now one year later, we must recommit ourselves to preserving and strengthening our democracy.


The lanterns are glowing again.


In his remarks, the President further stated "As we stand here today — one year since January 6, 2021 — the lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated. So, we have to be firm, resolute, and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and to have that vote counted."


I thank everyone who works daily to preserve and defend the flame of democracy.


May the light of our lanterns and of those who may disagree with us, come together and work together to shine a path toward a more peaceful and perfect union in the days ahead.



Bill Driscoll Jr.

State Representative

7th Norfolk District including Milton and Randolph, Massachusetts

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