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      Nebraska Officials Comment on 9/11 Anniversary

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      Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that took place in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Many of Nebraska's leaders are remembering that day, and sharing statements with their constituents.

      U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns released the following statement:

      "There will always be forceswishing to destroy the freedoms we hold dear. Their hatred drove them to attackinnocent people on September 11, 2001, and it drove them again last year inBenghazi. The families of the9/11 victims taught us all about strength, and our first responders andmilitary personnel taught us about courage and duty. We owe them our thanks andwe owe those affected by the Benghazi attack a full account of what happenedthat day.

      "Our resolve has been tested, but every time we exercise ourfreedoms to peacefully protest, gather or worship, we show the world thestrength of our character and power of freedom. That is the best way to trulyhonor those who make the ultimate sacrifice."

      U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer shared:

      "Todaywe pause to honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans lost inthe September 11 terrorist attacks. We will never forget the images of blazingskyscrapers, a smoldering Pentagon, or a scarred Pennsylvania field. Thesehorrific events forever changed our nation's path as the new century began.

      "Thesetragedies also revealed once again the bravery and strength of our country andour people. Ordinary Americans commuted to work on a sunny morning, and in aninstant, transformed into heroes running toward – not away from – burningbuildings to save others still trying to get out. In the aftermath of theattack, among the rubble, first responders planted an American flag, signalingto the world our nation remains resolute and our values endure. Today we honorthe memory of those lost, we salute those who have served our nation in theyears since, and we renew our resolve to defend our freedom."

      Third District House Rep. Adrian Smith shared these words:

      "September 11th not only marks a day of greattragedy, but also of great strength, courage, and unity for the Americanpeople. As we remember the many victims, let us also recall the many actsof selflessness, as well as the pride for our country we all felt as Americansin the aftermath of these horrific attacks twelve years ago.

      "Today, we also remember the four Americans who were killedone year ago while serving our country in Benghazi, Libya.

      "As the war on terrorism continues, let us also never takefor granted the many freedoms and liberties we enjoy, nor the many men andwomen in uniform who have fought and died to defend them. May Godcontinue to bless the United States of America."

      Additionally, Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered for the lowering of flags to half-staff at all state buildings and facilities. He invited all Nebraskans to join in by lowering their flags as well.

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