U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) is calling for all political and campaign-related advertisements to be suspended on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“My enlistment began more than four decades ago at Scott Air Force Base,” Enyart said. “As I rose through the ranks, and ultimately served as commander general of the Illinois National Guard, I saw the great respect that our military men and women earn each day. It is because of this great responsibility I had bestowed upon me, that I must do the right thing and suspend my television ads to honor the lives lost, our troops overseas, and our first responders on 9/11.”
“I cannot, in good conscience, allow my political advertising on television on a somber day in our nation’s history,” Enyart said.
For 35 years, Enyart served Illinois in the military — first as an enlisted man in the Air Force and then the Illinois National Guard, where he rose to the rank of major general. As major general, he fought to keep bases and armories open in order to keep good jobs in the community. He is the son of a Navy firefighter and was raised with a deep commitment to service and the values of hard work and fairness.