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Alabama Leaders Remember September 11th

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Many of Alabama’s elected officials took time Tuesday to issue statements remembering the September 11th attack.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said that, “Flags are flying at half-staff at the Alabama Capitol honoring the memory of those our country lost on 9/11/01.”

Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks said, “Every single American was affected by those heinous acts of terror on American soil.  So many lives were lost, and families were torn apart. Our country wept on that early autumn day and we all continue to remember the families of those who lost their lives.”

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D) from Selma said, “Eleven years ago, our nation experienced unimaginable loss, sadness and sorrow caused by the heinous terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Today we come together as a country to pay tribute to the victims, their loved ones and the first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The fight against terrorism is a fight for the values and principles this country was built upon. We must pledge to do everything we can to protect this great nation.”

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said, “With unity in spirit and pride for our country, Members of the House and Senate this morning stood together on the front steps of the Capitol to pray, take a moment of silence and then sing the “Star Spangled Banner” to honor the memories of those we lost on 9/11. May we never forget what happened that fateful day, and may we always be thankful for those who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom.”

Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama said, “I would like to offer my solemn thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones, and give thanks for our first responders across the nation and for those who are still fighting to protect and preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy in this great nation.”

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Congressman Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile said, “Without warning, a great evil struck America with the intent to terrorize our nation.  No amount of time can diminish the loss suffered by so many on that dark day.  Nor will we ever forget the remarkable heroism demonstrated by first responders and ordinary citizens who were suddenly faced with choices of life and death.  Amid the shock and horror of those fateful hours, America came together like many have not seen in their lifetimes.  Our country was unified in its determination to combat this evil and triumph. Today, most of those responsible for the attacks of 9/11 are either dead or in U.S. custody.  America’s military and our first responders remain our heroes – protecting our shores and our streets.  We will never forget.”

Alabama State Representative Kurt Wallace (R) from Maplesville said in a Facebook statement, “I still have to reflect on the events that happened on this day 11 years ago. All the lives lost in the destruction of the twin towers in New York because a group of radical terrorist hate the things this great country stands for. They hate that we have so many freedoms that most of us take for granted. Freedom to live wherever we want to in this country, freedom to an education, freedom to worship as we so choose (even to practice the religion of those that hate us), Freedom to speak up and out when we disagree with the direction of our country, and very soon…we will all have the freedom to cast our own vote for those that will lead our country for the next four years. Please don’t overlook that freedom.”

Former President George W. Bush (R) was President during the September 11th attacks.  President Bush said on Facebook, “On this solemn anniversary, Laura and I hold the victims of September 11th in our thoughts and prayers.”

Rep. Sewell continued, “Let us take a moment to reflect on how far we have come as a nation and renew our commitment to keep America safe, strong and united as a people.  Across this nation and the world, we share a common humanity, unity and strength that continues to serve us.  We must always remember that the enduring freedom, rights and security we enjoy every day came at the courage of the fallen, the great sacrifice of their families and loved ones and the heroism of the first responders.  Today we celebrate and honor the lives of the thousands of men, women and children loss on that fateful day.  We are eternally grateful for their sacrifice and their legacy will forever remain in our hearts and memories.  In honor of their memory, may we dedicate this day to service to our community, our fellow man and our country.”

In a much more ominous remembrance of September 11th hordes of Islamo-fascists scaled the walls of our embassy in Cairo, ripped down the American flag and replaced it with a black Islamist flag.  Simultaneously armed Islamist protestors stormed the American consulate in Libya and gunned down an American State Department Officer.  America’s war with Islamo-fascism continues on……whether or not we want to think about it.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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