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Oklahoma Lawmakers Remember 9/11

by Chris Casteel Modified: September 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm •  Published: September 11, 2013

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: “Our hearts will never forget the mothers and fathers, children and siblings that were lost or the pain that Americans felt during the violent acts of terror on September 11, 2001. The nearly 3,000 innocent Americans in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Virginia whose lives were stolen that day will continue to be our foundation of reason to see terrorism silenced throughout the world.
“The Global War on Terror has been strenuous for our servicemembers who have been tasked with the mission to preserve our national security and promote freedom. Their courage and selfless service, along with those from previous conflicts, serve as the cornerstone of our American patriotism.
“Operation Iraqi Freedom has come to an end and Operation Enduring Freedom continues but the threats from those who seek to do harm against America are still raging.
“We were reminded of this just a year ago today when we lost four brave Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, when our consulate in Benghazi was attacked. Not only are terrorists still trying their best to destroy America, but we are also facing Iran on track to producing a nuclear weapon that could hit the East Coast by 2015, terrorist cells that are increasing throughout Africa, and the Middle East in a growing state of unrest. America must remain vigilant. We must continue to provide a strong national defense that can deter and defeat the seen and unforeseen threats of tomorrow, that is fully engaged and fully funded to ensure another 9/11 does not happen.”

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: “Today is a day for remembering the price of freedom and value of our security.
“Our nation still grieves the innocent lives prematurely taken twelve years ago on September 11. We continue to honor the memory of lost parents, children, friends and loved ones on that fateful day. Our worlds were shaken and our sense of security was shattered, but in the midst of horrific tragedy, we proved our resilience as Americans. We showed the world that in times of crisis, Americans unite, endure and defend.
“We live in a dangerous world, and the threat of terrorism is still real, as we were sadly reminded a year ago during the attack on our consulate in Benghazi. That day claimed the lives of four brave Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and started several investigations about what happened that night. While we still have many unanswered questions, we remember that our security is not certain, and it must be continually evaluated and monitored.”

Oklahomans mark the passage of time by the Murrah Building bombing of April 19, 1995. Since 2001, Americans also mark the passage of another year by September 11,” said Lankford.

Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City: “We pause and remember the nearly 3,000 Americans lost to terrorism that day. Our American values make us a target for the global enemies of liberty. We remain indebted to our military for the daily sacrifices they make to protect our freedoms. Two wars to fight terrorists around the globe have cost thousands of American lives and strained military families to the brink. I pray that the military families around our nation know how much we appreciate their sacrifice for our freedom.
“Our hearts are still broken for the Americans taken from their families on 9/11/01. And we remember with gratitude the heroism demonstrated by the passengers and crew of United Flight 93, whose brave sacrifice prevented an additional attack. We remember the courage of first responders who rushed to help the victims in all locations, and we remember the compassion poured out by our friends around the world.
“Eleven years after we lost nearly 3,000 Americans, our lives changed again with the tragic loss of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and Information Officer Sean Smith at our diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.”

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville: “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 taught us the need to be constantly vigilant. Subsequent attacks at home and abroad, including those in Benghazi, are reminders that we cannot let down our guard for a single moment.
“America’s resolve is tested and unmatched. And as Americans, we must stay alert and attentive in any situation because there are those who wish to do us harm.
“We are grateful for the soldiers who put their lives on the line to watch over our nation and for the law enforcement agents who every day are looking to stop the next attack. Their acts of sacrifice we can never fully repay.”

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: “It is hard to believe that it has been 12 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks devastated the United States, took the lives of many, and forever altered the lives of loved ones who were left behind.
“We will never forget the many emotions that flooded us when the attacks occurred that day.
“While there was an overwhelming amount of tragedy, suffering and hardship, we also saw our nation unify and work together to make the best out of a tragic situation. On 9/11 there were many first responders, firefighters, policemen, public officials, organizations and volunteers who were proactive and quick to respond to the attacks.
“The way citizens responded to the attacks that day is a true testament of what our great country stands for. Today, it is important that we all take a moment to remember those who lost their lives on this day 12 years ago, and express gratitude to those who provided assistance.
“Additionally, I am extremely grateful to the men and women who work to protect Americans everywhere. It is important that we continue investing in our nation’s defense and equip our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to ensure an attack like 9/11 never happens again.”


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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