Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks that affected every person in the United States in one way or another. Many of Nebraska's leaders are remembering that day, and sharing statements with their constituents.
Congressman Adrian Smith says, "The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 mark one of the worst days in American history. As we honor the victims and continue to pray for their families, we also remember the hope, unity, and sense of purpose which brought us together as a nation. In our darkest hour we found our greatest strength.
"We also mark this anniversary by remembering the many Americans and Nebraskans who have risked and given their lives in defense of our freedom. May we never forget or take for granted their service."
Sen. Ben Nelson adds, "On a bright September morning 11 years ago, every American experienced waves of shock and grief for the nearly 3,000 people who died suddenly in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington.
"Yet, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we Americans joined together in a strong and unified response. Volunteers from all across the fifty states came to New York City to help with the recovery effort. Donations poured in from coast to coast for the reconstruction effort. Neighbors helped neighbors and strangers helped strangers physically and mentally recover from that horrible day.
"And just as America came together, so did Congress. Members of both parties united to pursue those responsible for the attacks, and to make our country safer from future acts of terrorism.
"Today, though Osama Bin Laden is dead and America is still alive, our work is not done. Americans deserve a Congress that will put country ahead of politics, a Congress that focuses on the needs of the nation rather than the outcome of the next election. The consensus and collaboration seen in Congress after 9/11 must return to the Capitol.
"We came together after 9/11. Today, let's remember those who lost their lives on that dark day. Today, let's remember all those who worked together to renew our nation afterward. Today, let's resolve to work together again as one nation sharing a common purpose as the American people."
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns shared, "Eleven years ago our nation was attacked by people who detest our freedom, tolerance and values. And, just as previous generations of Americans have done before us, we united against those forces of oppression and hatred to defend the way of life we all cherish.
"Every American owes a debt of gratitude to our men and women in uniform who answered the call of duty and have protected us since that dark day. Because of their dedication, America has once again proved that liberty will triumph over evil."
Gov. Heineman wants to remind everyone to lower their flags to half-staff in honor of those that died in the attacks.
For those that would like to participate in a remembrance event, UNK will be holding one Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 12:50 p.m. south of the UNK fountain.