Washington, DC – Following is a statement from Daniel M. DiLella, Chairman of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, regarding the events that transpired yesterday in the U.S. Capitol.

“Every American should be deeply saddened and incensed by the violent actions in our nation’s capital in the past twenty-four hours, the latest in a year of divisiveness. The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission denounces violence in the strongest terms.

Yesterday’s breach of American democracy runs counter to every value that America250 is determined to honor over the next five years  life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the rule of law. Those values that make our experiment in democracy the greatest accomplishment in the history of mankind.

Together, we must never stop striving for a more perfect Union.”

About the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission was established by Congress in 2016 as the official body tasked with planning and orchestrating the 250th anniversary of American independence. The Commission aims to inspire all Americans and each American to participate in the largest and most inclusive commemoration in our nation’s history.  For more information visit www.america250.org and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.