ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some St. Louis area members of Congress have released statements on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives in one of the most brutal, cowardly attacks on American soil and on the American way of life. But this country emerged from that tragedy united, and more committed than ever to protecting the freedoms that make it exceptional—freedoms that thousands of brave men and women have heroically fought and died for. Today we honor and mourn all those we lost that day, and all those who have sacrificed for this country in the wars that followed it. And in the face of continued global challenges, we recommit ourselves to stand united—not divided—and I pledge to work every day to ensure the safety and security of Missourians, and all Americans.” – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

“Today, we mourn the loss of all the Americans killed in the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. To the families that are grieving their loved ones, we offer our prayers and our promise never to forget your suffering. To all of the first responders who rushed toward danger that day, and do so every day, we extend our eternal gratitude. To all of the men and women in uniform who have taken the fight to terrorists across the globe, we honor your courage and sacrifice. And to all of the members of the intelligence community, we appreciate the tremendous responsibility you shoulder in your efforts to prevent further attacks.
America was forever changed on September 11th, but not in the manner the terrorists intended. Where they sought to destroy our national spirit, we responded with renewed strength, unity and resolve. We carry that with us today, refusing to allow the threats we face to undermine our principals or sow fear in our communities. America remains a target because we have proven to the world that freedom and democracy will not yield to evil and oppression. I will continue working to ensure that those who defend our nation and all that we stand for have what they need to keep Americans safe.” – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

“This weekend we remember the 2,977 men, women and children taken from their families in the 9/11 terror attacks. We honor the survivors who live with the pain of that September morning every day, and extend gratitude to the first responders who put their lives on the line, including 170 Illinois volunteers. Last year, I worked with my colleague from New York, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, to pass into law the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act and ensure all those who sacrificed at Ground Zero receive the healthcare they deserve. It is that selfless American spirit that drives this great nation. Fifteen years later, we still remember and continue to stand united against anyone who tries to attack our country in the name of terrorism.” – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)

“Fifteen years have passed since our towers fell but we will never forget the lives lost, the heroes who risked everything for their fellow Americans, and how our country emerged from that dreadful day stronger and more united than ever before. While we will never forget how we felt that day, we must also remember the vow we made to fight terrorism and anyone who seeks to destroy our way of life. We must commemorate this day by being more vigilant in our fight against ISIS, more meticulous at protecting our homeland, and an even brighter beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world.” – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)

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