Compilation of Florida leaders’ and politicians’ statements on 12th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson:

Sept. 11, 2001 was one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history – and, one that no American should ever forget.  As we look back today with heavy hearts and remember some 3,000 people who lost their lives, I hope we can also recall the unity we felt in the days and months immediately after that attack.  Americans came together as one in the face of something incomprehensible.  We were there for each other in ways big and small, helping one another get through what was a very trying time. 

To truly honor those we remember today, let’s recommit ourselves to embodying that unified spirit.  Let’s honor those who died that day by living our lives not just bravely, but with kindness and compassion to one another each and every day.  And, let’s keep all those affected by the events twelve years ago in our thoughts and prayers.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:

This is a day for remembrance and quiet reflection. For most of us, we can hardly believe that 12 years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001. These attacks will forever be a part of our lives, not only because of the pain they caused, but because they reminded us of how resilient we are as a people. 

We were reminded of the greatness of America through the brave men and women who saved lives on the ground by fighting the hijackers in the air on Flight 93.  We were amazed by the first responders who rushed to the aid of the victims, with no thought to the personal risks that lay ahead. We were filled with pride as millions of Americans raised flags above their homes and storefronts to show solidarity with those who had lost loved ones.

This is also a day to show gratitude to the men and women in our armed forces and intelligence services, who have fought and worked tirelessly to bring those who planned 9/11 to justice.  Their sacrifices and vigilance have largely kept the American homeland safe in the years since, so we are able to go on with our lives free from the fear that our attackers were so desperate to instill in us.

Finally, this is a day to rededicate ourselves to our patriotic duty. We must always keep in mind the freedom that unites us as Americans, and we must remain vigilant in our daily lives to ensure the uniqueness of our nation remains a reality for many generations to come.

Congressman Tom Rooney:

Today, we remember the thousands of innocent lives that were lost in the attack against our nation on September 11, 2001. We honor these fellow Americans and the loved ones who mourn them. We recognize the heroic first responders who rushed into Ground Zero, many not to return; our men and women in uniform, who continue fighting to keep us safe; and our veterans, who served their nation honorably. And today we remember those men who gave their lives defending our consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.   

As the flame of liberty flickers from time to time, we must remain resolved to do all we can to prevent tragedies like these from occurring again. We will never forget.

Congressman Dennis Ross:

This day 12 years ago, America experienced a national tragedy on our soil. We deeply mourn the loss of those precious lives and we stand committed to freedom. America is a country of great resolve and incredible strength.

May God bless our great nation.

Governor Rick Scott:

 “Today we honor those who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and pray for the survivors and family members who were affected that tragic day. We also reflect on the importance of our military, law enforcement and emergency responder heroes who serve and sacrifice to protect our families in Florida and our nation. Ann and I hope this day will further strengthen our honor and respect for all those who serve us, our love for this great nation, and the many freedoms we enjoy.”

Attorney General Pam Bondi:

“Today we remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks that took place 12 years ago on Sept. 11th,” said Bondi. “Their families and loved ones will always remain in our thoughts and prayers. There were also many heroes who came forth to help those in need, and I am grateful to the civilians, first responders and members of our military who showed great courage in the face of adversity. I thank the members of our military who serve our country and protect our freedom.” 

Representative Steve Crisafulli:

“Today, like all Americans, my thoughts and prayers are with the families whose lives have been forever changed by the tragic attacks on our homeland. As we look back on the tragedy of September 11th and reflect on the lives that were lost, let us always remember the courage and bravery displayed both by heroic first responders and every day citizens. Twelve years ago, many selfless Americans risked their own lives, some even making the ultimate sacrifice, to protect and save others. True heroism and the unwavering American spirit shined through the darkness we saw on that day. Though we can never forget the acts of evil against our country on this anniversary, let us also remember those we have lost and those who continue the selfless service at home and abroad to ensure our nation moves forward. Their dedication and sacrifice make America stronger.”

Representative Bill Hager:

No American will ever forget where they were on that day twelve years ago.  We mourn those who were lost, but celebrate the stories of their bravery and selflessness, be they first responders or people just going about their day.  Out of tragedy comes character, and we were all changed on that day. 

Let us forever remember, honor and celebrate our heroes – not just today, but every day, as they are the fabric that weaves throughout our great nation and binds us all together.

Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano:

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This was an event that has been seared into our nation’s consciousness by the sheer brutality and wanton destruction that occurred.  There are few who do not remember where they were when the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington were launched.

Let us be sure to take a moment to pause and remember not only the victims of that tragic day, and the first responders who lost their lives, but the family members who were left behind.  Families were shattered, lives were broken but the spirit of a nation was sparked.  Who can forget the solidarity we showed as a people in the days and weeks that followed?  Let that love of country also be rekindled as we remember those whose lives were cut short that fateful day twelve years ago.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant:

“We mark this hallowed day by honoring the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2011, and remember the heroic efforts of our first responders and military service members. Their selfless bravery in the wake of such a tragedy is a testament to the strength and resilience of the American spirit. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those we lost, and with those who continue to tirelessly serve our nation.” 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.