Today, each of New Mexico’s Democratic Congressional delegation joined with millions of their fellow Americans in remembering those lost in the attack on the World Trade Center, in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon Building on September 11, 2001.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today released the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks:
“Today we pause to remember those who lost their lives and honor the brave men and women who were called to duty that fateful day. We commemorate those who sacrificed all to make our country safer, and recognize those who continue to serve in New Mexico and around the world.
“As we look back on the last 12 years, we can be thankful that we are now winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we must remember that much work remains to support our armed forces, military families and our veterans.
“Today we also pay special tribute to our emergency personnel and first responders who keep us safe in our own communities. After the recent deaths of firefighter Token Adams and the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, New Mexicans are especially mindful of – and thankful for – those who risk their lives to protect us every day. We will never forget them.”
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“Today, we pause to remember those who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We also pay tribute to the heroic first responders and emergency workers who despite grave danger, put their lives on the line to help their fellow Americans. I join New Mexicans in keeping all the victims we lost 12 years ago and their families in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks to our troops and veterans who have sacrificed selflessly to defend our freedoms at home and abroad.”
Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:
“Today we mourn the lives that were cut short when our country was attacked by terrorists twelve years ago. While we were shaken to our core by the horrifying attacks, a resilient nation pulled together to show the bravery and heroism that are hallmarks of the United States of America.
“We saw first responders risk their lives to save others. Strangers on the street lent a helping hand to those in need near Ground Zero. In the aftermath of great tragedy, we saw the best that our nation has to offer. Today, let us take time to reflect on the friends and family who were lost and on the men and women who stood strong in harm’s way to help their fellow Americans.
“The attacks of September 11 will always be remembered as a national tragedy, but what followed in the selfless acts by brave first responders and concerned citizens will be forever honored.”
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico’s today released the following statement on the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:
“Twelve years have now passed since the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. We all remember where we were when we first heard the devastating news. The heartbreaking images of that day will be forever etched in our minds and hearts. Yet in the midst of immense pain and sadness, we also witnessed incredible heroism. From the first responders who ran into burning buildings to save others, to the passengers on Flight 93 who sacrificed their own lives to prevent the hijackers from killing even more innocent people, America’s bravery was on full display – and the world noticed.
“As we honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives twelve years ago, let us also remember the way our nation came together following that day. May we always strive for that national unity and strength. To the courageous first responders and men and women in uniform who keep us safe, we are forever grateful for your service and sacrifice.
“On this day and every day, we will never forget.”