WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:
“We pause today to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda terrorists turned commercial airplanes into weapons of mass destruction.
“We pray for all the 9/11 victims and their families. We will forever honor our 9/11 heroes – the bright lights of that dark day.
“Some of the greatest 9/11 heroes were in fact the victims themselves. We especially recall the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. These brave souls began the war on terror when they fought back. Incredibly, they waited until they were over Pennsylvania farmland, saving countless lives on the ground.
“We also pay tribute to our first responders, firefighters, police, and service men and women, who put their lives on the line.
“On this day of remembrance, we renew our resolve to protect this great nation and keep the American people safe.”