Reflecting on the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks, Gov. Mary Fallin released a statement Sunday, honoring first responders and remembering those who lost their lives.
“The world changed forever 10 years ago when a terrible attack was perpetrated on our nation. On September 11, the horrors of terrorism were brought to our doorstep and we were reminded our freedoms make us a target for the enemies of liberty,” Fallin said. “Oklahoma experienced tragic loss during our own terrorism attack on the Murrah building and those memories were stirred on September 11.”
Fallin said fellow Americans came together to help after the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and Oklahoma firefighters, emergency responders, volunteers and military personnel did the same after 9/11 to provide comfort and support in New York and Washington.
“Out of both tragedies, we saw a compassionate spirit and a resiliency in our communities and nation rise up in response,” she said. “As we remember and pray for the victims of September 11 and their families, we should also take time to honor the heroic actions of countless Americans on that day. The heroes of United Flight 93 kept that plane from hitting its intended target. Thousands of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency responders rushed to Ground Zero to save lives.”
Fallin said she would also like to thank military personnel who have fought to protect freedoms and to root out terrorism and extremism across the globe.
“The act of honoring the victims and heroes of September 11 serves as a reminder that freedom and liberty will always prevail over fear and tyranny.”