Alaskans woke up 11 years ago today to a different world, many answering early morning phone calls about the terrorist attacks in New York and near Washington, DC. Sen. Murkowski shared a statement with Alaskans in remembrance of the day, including:
“Eleven years later, Americans have shown that our resolve cannot be broken. We remember and honor all those who have and continue to sacrifice to keep us safe, especially the more than two million members of our military who have served in the years since 9/11.
“We should also remember the spirit of unity and determination that followed in the weeks and months after 9/11. We were not divided as Democrats and Republicans, we were Americans united in purpose. We would do well in these divisive campaigns to reflect on that unity as Americans and pledge to work together to advance the best interests of this great nation.”
U.S. Senator Mark Begich released the following statement commemorating the 11th anniversary the terrorist attacks on America. This morning in Washington, D.C., Sen. Begich joined members of the U.S. Senate in the traditional Congressional Remembrance Ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
“The cowardly attacks on America 11 years ago today, which took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent citizens, forever changed our American way of life. Yet I believe our nation is stronger and more united.
“Over the past decade, we have strengthened our national security by successfully degrading Al Qaeda, bringing Osama bin Laden and other terrorists to justice and helping transition Middle Eastern countries so they are more responsive to their citizens.
“Despite these accomplishments, Americans must always be mindful that our freedoms and safety must constantly be guarded and protected. Individual vigilance is a key to our democratic way of life.
“The 9/11 anniversary always brings great sadness as we remember friends, relatives and the many emergency responders lost on that day. But we also affirm our love for our country that is the envy of people across the globe.
“On this day, I also urge all Alaskans to honor the thousands of our military men and women currently serving in harm’s way around the world. We thank all of them—including thousands of Alaska-based service members—and their families for the personal sacrifice and commitment they give every single day.”
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