Remembering 9/11

Flags at half-staff; governor, senators issue statements

Sep 11, 2018

Gov. Paul R. LePage has directed that both U.S. and state of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff today, Patriot Day, Sept. 11.

President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation Monday declaring Sept. 11 as Patriot Day in honor of the nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001, and the governor and U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King today issued statements.

“It is important to set aside this day of observance to recognize the sacrifices of those who were injured or lost as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001,” LePage said. “Ann and I honor and remember these heroes, their families, our nation’s first responders and the dedication of our veterans and military members who are now serving. We must never forget.”

Collins released the following statement on the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks:

“September 11th was not just a day of personal tragedy. It was an attack on the United States, an attack on freedom, and an assault on civilization. We must never forget what was lost and what remains at stake. We must pledge to do all that we can to prevent future attacks. The fundamental obligation of government is to protect its people. Since September 11th, we have done much to meet that obligation.

“In what seemed like a moment, September 11th was transformed from a day like any other into one that, forever, will stand alone. The loss we relive reminds us of the value of all that we must protect. The heroism reminds us of the unconquerable spirit of the American people. Our accomplishments remind us that we can meet any challenge with decisive action.

"As long as we keep the meaning of this day of remembrance in our hearts, we shall meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

King released this statement:

“On this day 17 years ago, Americans watched together in horror as terrorist attacks against our country claimed almost 3,000 innocent lives.

"In the days and weeks following the terror, our nation came together to grieve and honor those we had lost, and we were united by our sense of what it means to be an American and our commitment to make certain hope, love, and compassion not only triumphed but also endured.

"Today, as we take a moment of silence to remember our fallen citizens and the brave men and women who rushed to their side, we must remind ourselves that any differences we may have pale in comparison to our faith in one another as Americans, and in their honor, we must rededicate ourselves to upholding the American values they represented.”


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