On Tuesday, the nation paused to remember the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people after hijacked planes crashed, with with tears and somber tributes.
Here’s what the Alabama delegation is saying about that tragic day in American history:
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby:
Today on September 11th, we recognize the tremendous strength of our nation. We will always remember the courage of those we lost, as well as those who bravely risked their lives to save others. #NeverForget
U.S. Sen Doug Jones:
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne:
Almost 3,000 people died on September 11, 2001, including some great Alabamians. Today, let us remember their lives and say a prayer for their loved ones. As President George W. Bush has said, “I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.'”
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby:
May we #NeverForget the innocent lives lost and the brave lives sacrificed on this September day 17 years ago. Today especially, let us all remember the victims, honor the heroes, and prayerfully consider the families who still grieve the loss of their loved ones.
Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers:
We Will #NeverForget. #911
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Rober Aderholt:
It’s been 17 years, but for so many, it seems like just yesterday. We will never forget!
Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks:
17 years ago today, our nation experienced one of the greatest tragedies in our history. The evil act of unprovoked violence shook us as a people, but in the days following, Americans responded with heroism and acts of patriotism. We stood strong in the face of attacks on our God-given freedoms, and we will #NeverForget those who lost their lives that day and those who have since sacrificed in the fight against evil.
Alabama 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer:
Seventeen years ago, September 11th was a dark day for America when terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 resulted in the loss of almost 3,000 lives. The nation was stunned by the evil that struck us that day.
But in the midst of that tragedy, we were also inspired. There are countless stories of great courage and sacrifice from that beautiful September day. We well remember the stories of courageous men and women putting their own lives in danger to try to save others, of courageous first responders who ran into the rubble and ruin in New York and Washington, DC and gave their lives in an attempt to rescue survivors. And of course, the brave passengers of Flight 93 will also always be remembered for how they thwarted the hijackers on their flight at the cost of their lives. Their sacrifice likely saved the U.S. Capitol from destruction.
I pray that as a nation, we will never forget those whose lives were lost on September 11 or those who bravely sacrificed and died to save others that day. Whenever and wherever we can, we should offer comfort to the families and friends who still mourn. Though this is a sobering anniversary for us as a nation, one thing that we learned about ourselves is that, as in so many other tragedies, we can still take encouragement from the resilience of our people and our ability to unite in times of hardship.
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell:
Today we honor the memory of those we lost and the courage of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save others on 9/11. We will never forget.