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(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen offered this statement on the 11th anniversary of the tragic September 11th attacks.

“Today we reflect on the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We remember the victims, we remember the smoke, we remember the feeling of loss and despair. But we also remember how Americans came together, with neighbors helping neighbors, parents comforting children, and communities banding together in the face of such a senseless attack.

I was the Governor during the tragic 9/11 attacks and will never forget that we lost 10 of New Hampshire’s own that day. While we can never bring them back, we honor their memory by holding true to our American values—unity, tolerance, and freedom. These are the lessons we are reminded of today. This is how we pay tribute to those who we lost.

Today we also honor our country’s brave heroes, our first responders and our troops. These men and women protect our families and our freedom.  We thank them now, and forever.

As we each reflect on that fateful day, we should be filled with pride for our country. The United States has shown that it will always be a beacon of hope and a haven for those seeking freedom.”