Maine Senator Angus King said Monday, September 11, 2023, that today, Americans honor and remember those who perished, and those who answered the call of duty and service 22 years ago.
“On September 11th, 2001, Americans across the country faced one of the toughest days in our nation’s history. As terrorists sought to instill fear and challenge our values, in those darkest moments, Americans proved that no enemy — foreign or domestic — would be able to destroy America’s principles of democracy and liberty.
“Today, we honor and remember those who perished, and those who answered the call of duty and service after these horrific attacks. We, as a nation, are forever indebted to their sacrifice, especially those who paid the ultimate price. They deserve nothing less than our full support. These men and women — from everyday New Yorkers and Pentagon workers, to first responders and the passengers on Flight 93 — are the definition of American patriotism and represent the very best of our nation.
“We must also honor the resolve and resilience of the American people whose focus on our freedoms guided us through that moment in history. It is my hope that today we reflect on what unites us, not divides us. It is clear our nation is stronger when we stand together, and as we look toward the future, we must strive to uphold the American values for which so many made the ultimate sacrifice.”