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Sen. Begich Statement on 8th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today joined members of Congress in a Congressional Remembrance Ceremony marking the 8th anniversary of the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. Members gathered in Statuary Hall for the ceremony. The event was scheduled for today so members of Congress can return to their states to participate in local events.

To commemorate the event, Sen. Begich released the following statement:

"Eight years ago, America was attacked on a scale never before imagined. As we remember the date that changed our country forever, let's never forget the nearly 3,000 lives lost in that terrible tragedy and the heroes of 9/11 who saved many lives.

"We also should take time to honor the men and women who continue to fight for our freedom and safety every day, from our local police and firefighters, to the military men and women serving our country around the world. Alaska alone has approximately 9,000 servicemen and women serving in harm's way today.

"The anniversary of 9/11 is always one of incredible sorrow. But it is also an opportunity for Americans to remember what binds us - our love of freedom, democracy and the ability to exchange ideas without fear of retribution.

"Let's honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 by remembering we live in the greatest country in the world, and let's work each day to preserve those ideals."

Posted Sept. 9, 2009

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