Kentucky officials react to anniversary of 9/11

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Several officials in Kentucky released statements for the 21st anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.

Gov. Andy Beshear stated, “On Sept. 11, we come together to grieve for those we lost, to remember the heroism of the brave first responders and to be resolved that we will never tolerate or allow terrorism to target the United States of America. Today we remember – and it reminds us all to be better.”

In addition, Sen. Mitch McConnell released the following statement:

“Twenty-one years ago this morning, terrorists launched a brutal attack on our homeland and changed the course of American history. Though they murdered thousands of innocent people, they failed to rip apart the sacred American ideals they intended to destroy. Instead, in the hours, days, and years following the attacks, the American people rallied together, stood by our values, and unleashed our military might to combat the threat of global terror. Today, we honor and remember the Americans we lost in the attacks, the brave first responders who rushed into peril, and the heroic servicemembers who fought and continue to serve to keep us safe from terrorism. I’m thankful for the soldiers and airmen from Kentucky’s Fort Campbell, Fort Knox, and the National Guard who have played a critical role in the Global War on Terror since its outset. On this solemn anniversary, let us remember that, as long as terrorism remains an active threat to our nation, we must stay vigilant to prevent similar attacks from ever happening again.”

Sen. Mike Wilson also recalled the events of 9/11 as he stated the following:

“On Sunday, America stood in remembrance of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and an open field in Pennsylvania. It’s difficult to believe we’re over two decades removed from that tragic day in our nation’s history. Let us pray for comfort and peace for the families who lost loved ones. To honor the 2,977 souls who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, the Senate stood in unison during the 2021 legislative session to commemorate the 20th anniversary and urged all Kentuckians to remember not the pain and loss that occurred on that awful day, but the American courage to rise above and overcome in our darkest hour. I ask you to join my colleagues and me as we reflect on the eloquent words of our collective resolution, and never forget. Never forget American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, beginning a series of terrorist attacks that would prove to be the deadliest in human history. Never forget United Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Never forget American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon, created a path of destruction and placed the remainder of Washington, D.C. on high alert. Never forget the field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, killing 33 passengers and seven crew members, with those aboard courageously overtaking the hijackers and saving even more innocent lives. Never forget the trauma—emotional and environmental—which still lingers 21 years later, even as the buildings that were damaged or destroyed have been rebuilt. Never forget the American spirit that in our hour of greatest need, when hope seems the most unattainable, we come together to build a better future. It is also true that now, when our country seems so divided along political and ideological lines, we still have in each of us that potential to see the absolute good in our fellow Americans, and to unite in the face of stark division. In reflection on the 21st anniversary of 9/11, let’s seek the good in our fellow Americans. We owe it to those we have lost, and to those who have sacrificed so much for it.”