Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that took place in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Many of Nebraska's leaders are remembering that day, and sharing statements with their constituents.
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns released the following statement:
"There will always be forces wishing to destroy the freedoms we hold dear. Their hatred drove them to attack innocent people on September 11, 2001, and it drove them again last year in Benghazi. The families of the 9/11 victims taught us all about strength, and our first responders and military personnel taught us about courage and duty. We owe them our thanks and we owe those affected by the Benghazi attack a full account of what happened that day.
"Our resolve has been tested, but every time we exercise our freedoms to peacefully protest, gather or worship, we show the world the strength of our character and power of freedom. That is the best way to truly honor those who make the ultimate sacrifice."
U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer shared:
"Today we pause to honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks. We will never forget the images of blazing skyscrapers, a smoldering Pentagon, or a scarred Pennsylvania field. These horrific events forever changed our nation's path as the new century began.
"These tragedies also revealed once again the bravery and strength of our country and our people. Ordinary Americans commuted to work on a sunny morning, and in an instant, transformed into heroes running toward – not away from – burning buildings to save others still trying to get out. In the aftermath of the attack, among the rubble, first responders planted an American flag, signaling to the world our nation remains resolute and our values endure. Today we honor the memory of those lost, we salute those who have served our nation in the years since, and we renew our resolve to defend our freedom."
Third District House Rep. Adrian Smith shared these words:
"September 11th not only marks a day of great tragedy, but also of great strength, courage, and unity for the American people. As we remember the many victims, let us also recall the many acts of selflessness, as well as the pride for our country we all felt as Americans in the aftermath of these horrific attacks twelve years ago.
"Today, we also remember the four Americans who were killed one year ago while serving our country in Benghazi, Libya.
"As the war on terrorism continues, let us also never take for granted the many freedoms and liberties we enjoy, nor the many men and women in uniform who have fought and died to defend them. May God continue to bless the United States of America."
Additionally, Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered for the lowering of flags to half-staff at all state buildings and facilities. He invited all Nebraskans to join in by lowering their flags as well.