Congressman Darren Soto to Introduce Legislation Recognizing January 6th as Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of an armed insurrection against the United States Capitol, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) announced today that he will introduce a resolution to recognize January 6th as “Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day.”
“On January 6, 2021, at the direction of the former president, hundreds of insurgents breached Capitol grounds in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election,” said Congressman Soto. “In doing so, the domestic terrorists sought not only to betray their country by disrupting a 230 year legacy of a peaceful transition of power, but to destroy the American people’s trust in our democratic system. Their efforts to violently disrupt the constitutional duties of Congress resulted in five deaths, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who gave his last full measure of devotion to his country.”
“Our resolution calls for Americans in every corner of our nation to remember the recent insurrection and commemorate the bravery of those who lost their lives and those who were injured in the line of duty. In recognizing this, we pledge to never forget the day democracy prevailed. As the Senate begins the impeachment trial this week, I hope our resolution will prove that the efforts of those who seek to destroy our core democratic values will never prevail over our legacy of unequivocal truth and perseverance. Designating January 6th as Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day is just one piece of our continued work to restore faith in democracy and heal our country,” continued Congressman Soto.
Last month’s insurrection was one of the darkest days in modern American history. The resolution to recognize January 6th as “Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day” will underscore the historical significance of the day democracy survived.
On the morning of January 6, 2021, a crowd gathered at the Ellipse near the White House to participate in the “Save America” rally headlined by former President Donald J. Trump. The former President engaged and incited the crowd for over an hour, denouncing Members of Congress who did not support his efforts to overturn election results. At around 1:00 P.M., crowds of rioters breached the outermost barricade west of the Capitol Complex as Members of the United States Senate and former Vice-President Pence entered the United States House of Representatives Chamber. By 2:15 P.M., the mob broke windows and climbed inside the Capitol, opening the doors for more rioters to enter the building. By 2:34 P.M., Members of both Chambers began to evacuate as rioters stormed further into the Capitol building. While inside, rioters stormed Statuary Hall, the Capitol Rotunda, the Senate Chamber and numerous offices, stealing and destroying supplies and historical memorabilia. In the ingress hallway to the United States House of Representatives Chamber, a rioter attempting to forcibly enter the Speaker’s Lobby, where Members of Congress were present, was fatally shot by United States Capitol Police. On the Senate side, Officer Eugene Goodman valiantly diverted the riotous mob from the Senate floor, allowing Senators to evacuate the chamber safely. After several hours of lockdown, Congress resumed its duties and proceeded to certify the electoral votes of all states.
At least 134 police officers from the United States Capitol Police and Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department were injured in defense of the Capitol and Congress. Officer Brian Sicknick made the ultimate sacrifice valiantly defending the Capitol Complex and protecting those inside. Additionally, hundreds of Members of Congress and their staffers’ lives were threatened by the violent rioters and multiple bomb threats near office buildings.
Like several other of his colleagues, Congressman Soto was in the House Gallery when rioters breached the Capitol and attempted to enter the House Chamber. A video of the Congressman poetically reflecting on his experiences of the insurrection can be found here.