Sen. Joni Ernst: Twenty years after 9/11, we still feel pain but we also feel hope

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A few months ago, my daughter and I visited the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City. The flood of emotions was overwhelming. Walking between the footprints of soaring towers, where now thousands of gallons of rushing water fruitlessly attempt to fill two gaping holes, the noise was both deafening and peaceful. 

The pouring waters matched my conflicting feelings. I felt searing pain and anguish for those we lost and for the families whose loved ones were taken too soon. 

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11:  New York City Police Officer Danny Shea, a military vet, salutes at the North pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by David Handschuh-Pool/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11:  New York City Police Officer Danny Shea, a military vet, salutes at the North pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by David

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