Sen. Begich Statement on 9th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today joined members of Congress in a Congressional Remembrance Ceremony marking the 9th Anniversary of the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. Members were joined by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the ceremony on the East Front Steps of the Capitol. The event was scheduled for today as many members were in their home states on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
To commemorate the event, Sen. Begich released the following statement:
"Marking the anniversary of September 11, 2001 is always a time of sadness as we reflect on the thousands of lives lost and the families impacted by the tragedy. But it also gives us a chance to remember and honor the important freedoms we enjoy every day living in the greatest country in the world.
"Our ability to freely exchange ideas and voice concerns when we disagree with each other or our government, is part of the privilege of living in the democracy of the United States.
"As we honor the heroes of 9/11, let's also remember our men and women who continue to fight for our freedom and safety. Our military members who serve around the world in harm's way, and our police and firefighters who keep our communities safe, deserve our profound thanks and gratitude.
"Let's honor the memory of 9/11 by recommitting ourselves to serving the ideals of freedom and democracy and working each day as individuals to making our country the best it can be."