On the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and the sacrifice of 40 passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight 93, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others are asking people in the North Country and around the world to remember the day.
“On this day, we mark the eleventh anniversary of the terror attacks that claimed thousands of lives and truly changed New York and our nation forever,” said Gov. Cuomo this morning.
“On this day, we honor the memories and the lives of those who were killed and the families who will never forget them. We also honor the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way – many of whom never returned home.
“It is also our obligation and our duty to make sure that we will always remember. As a new generation grows up without having witnessed the horror of September 11th, it is important to educate our children so they can understand the tragedy that unfolded on that day, the bravery and courage of our first responders, and the outpouring of goodwill in communities across New York and America as we recovered as one state and one nation,” Gov. Cuomo said.
Congressman Bill Owens also issued a statement.
“As New Yorkers, we share a profound understanding of the loss and grief America shared on September 11th, 2001,” said Owens. “Today, we remember the families that lost loved ones, the first responders who answered the call to serve, and the men and women of America’s armed forces who have defended our freedoms.”
“The victims, families and heroes of 9/11 are in my thoughts and prayers today. It is my hope that in their memory, we can continue working together, in Washington and at home, to achieve lasting peace and prosperity for years to come,” Rep. Owens said.
Owens’s opponent in the North Country Congressional race, Matt Doheny of Watertown, also issued a statement. He said he is suspending his political advertising today.
“We pause today to honor the memory of the men and women lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We pray for the families of those killed, that they find healing and peace amidst this senseless tragedy. And we thank the heroes of that day, who cast aside concerns about their own safety to ensure that others would survive,” Doheny said.
“This day will forever serve as a reminder that we must be vigilant in protecting this great country from those who wish to do us harm. While many of those terrorists responsible for the attacks have been captured or killed, their network of acolytes still remains intact. We must remain committed to strong defense that keeps our homeland safe and ensures tranquility overseas.
“In a show of solidarity and respect to what this day means to the families of these victims, I’ve directed my campaign to suspend all advertising. There will be plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas with my opponent that do not interfere with the solemnity of this day,” said Doheny.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement today.
“On this solemn anniversary, I join with all New Yorkers in remembering and honoring those we lost 11 years ago. They were first responders who rushed in to the burning towers to save others, and civilians who were just trying to go about their daily lives. Few in our state have been untouched by the impact of the unspeakable attacks on our country that day, and we still ache at the absence of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. So as we honor their memory today - and the memory of the brave men and women in uniform who have sacrificed their lives to protect us since then - let us pray for their families and loved ones, and recommit ourselves to work for a more secure future,” Schneiderman said.