Government Leaders Recognize 9/11

Marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill—a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees—today released the following statement:

“Fourteen years ago today, our country faced one of the most brutal and cowardly attacks in our nation’s history. In the face of a tragedy that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people—including hundreds of first responders who charged into danger to save others—our country emerged wounded, but more united; shaken, yet more resolved that our democracy is worth fighting for and our freedom is worth dying for. Today, I join our entire country in honoring those we lost in the terrorist attacks and in the wars that followed, and in praying for a more secure and peaceful tomorrow.”

As our nation marks the 14th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks and the three-year anniversary of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt released the following statement today remembering those devastating events:

“Fourteen years ago today, America witnessed the most horrific terrorist attack ever to take place on our nation’s soil,” said Blunt. “We will never forget the innocent victims and their families who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We continue to face real threats from terrorists today, and we were reminded of this just three years ago with the loss of four Americans who were killed during a deadly and senseless terrorist attack in Benghazi. I will continue working to ensure those who work and fight for our freedoms have the resources they need to protect our country. We will always be forever grateful for our country’s brave service members, intelligence professionals, and first responders who tirelessly work to keep us safe.”
Blunt currently serves as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He previously served as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler released the following statement marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
“On this day, Americans mark a somber date in our history. It was on September 11, 2001 that terrorists attacked our country, hijacking and crashing two planes into the World Trade Center in New York City and a third into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., killing thousands of Americans and leaving their families devastated. A fourth plane, hijacked and intended by the terrorists to be a missile aimed at the U.S. Capitol, was brought down in a Pennsylvania field by a group of brave patriots who gave up their lives to protect thousands more innocent Americans.
Today we also remember the loss of four American lives in a senseless attack against our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. While serving our country, these lives were taken by the extremist ideologies that continue to fester around the world.
As we remember the victims of these attacks, we honor those who responded to these evils and who work to preserve our freedoms every day. We offer our sincere thanks to the heroic sacrifices made by so many and we pray for their families. And we pray for our men and women in uniform who stand watch over our country, our state, our cities and towns, vowing to defend them against those who wish us harm.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Forces, Budget, and Agriculture committees. She represents Missouri’s Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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