A compilation of statements by Florida’s elected officials and politicians memorializing 9/11:
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks against our nation. We will never forget those who were lost and will always remember the heroic efforts of our first responders and fellow citizens who risked, and many of whom sacrificed, their lives to save others. Eleven years later, the world remains a dangerous place and our nation remains at war. It is imperative that we continue the fight against radical Islamists, terrorist sympathizers and those who harbor them.
As Americans, we should resolve to forever remember the innocent lives we lost on September 11th, and we should renew our commitment to stand for the freedoms we have always defended as the universal rights of all mankind.
Governor Rick Scott:
Today, our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and all families impacted by the tragic events of that day. We also thank our first responders and military members for dedicating their lives to the protection and safety of others. Their bravery and honor shapes the very character of our nation.
Attorney General Pam Bondi:
Eleven years ago today, our country tragically lost nearly 3,000 people in the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. As we remember those who lost their lives on that day, let us reflect on how our nation came together in a time of need. Americans consoled and supported each other. We encouraged one another to focus on recovery rather than adversity.
I am eternally grateful to our military for what they do every day to protect our nation. It is because of their selfless service that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. To those of you who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, my thoughts and prayers remain with you.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam:
Eleven years ago today, our country’s resolve was tested by those that wished to do our nation irreparable harm. This defining moment in our nation’s history – September the 11th – remains forever in our hearts and minds. While we will never forget the tragedy that struck at the heart of our nation or the innocent lives of loved ones lost, we will always remember the burst of unity that rippled across our country.
As we honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those lost in the wake of September 11th, may their memory renew in all of us the courage and compassion found throughout our communities. The events surrounding September 11th represent the strength of our country and its people, and serve as a reminder that no matter what differences we may share, we are Americans first. May we never forget the American heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, may our prayers remain with our men and women in uniform and may God continue to bless our great nation.
Congressman Connie Mack:
Congressman Connie Mack released the following statement today on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks:
Eleven years ago today, our nation was given the ultimate test. We constantly remember the significance of that fateful day, and today we are stronger than ever as we continue to stand together as a nation.
Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives eleven years ago. We remember the Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom, and we shall never forget the sacrifices that were made on September 11, 2001 in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon.
We continue to pray for the victims, the families who lost loved ones, and the men and women who defend our freedom and security. We, as Americans, have shown our resilience, and we have proven that our freedom, courage and strength cannot be shaken.
Congressman Tom Rooney:
Americans will never forget the horrific attacks against our nation on September 11, 2001, nor the tragic loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives that day in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. On that day, I was on base at Ft. Hood with my wife, who was also serving in the Army JAG Corps, and our son Tommy, who had been born just days before. Like all Americans, we were shocked and saddened, but most importantly, we were resolved to do all we could to prevent another tragedy like this from ever occurring again.
Today, we remember the lives that were lost on 9/11 and the families that mourn them. We honor the heroic first responders who rushed into Ground Zero, many not to return, and the brave patriots who fought back in the skies above Pennsylvania. We recognize our men and women in uniform, who are putting their lives on the line to prevent another attack; our veterans, who served with courage and honor; and our fallen brothers-and-sisters-in-arms, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and security. We will never forget.
Congressional candidate Lois Frankel:
Today we honor and remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001, and mourn with families and friends who lost loved ones in New York City, in Washington, and in Shanksville.
Eleven years ago today, Americans came together to support each other, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with families torn apart by senseless, cowardly violence. Today, in memory of those who died, we should honor that spirit of togetherness.
Congressional candidate Joe Garcia:
Today marks eleven years since the terrorist attacks on our nation that shook our country to its core. The grief and sorrow we felt then remains close to our hearts and always in our thoughts. Today we remember our friends, neighbors, and fellow Americans who passed away, and take September 11th as a day of national reflection.
We must remember to thank the brave and selfless first responders and citizens who jumped in at a moment’s notice to save and help as many as they could. Their bravery and kindness will never be forgotten, and neither will the victims of that fateful day. While we still face a dangerous world, we must never lose focus of our solidarity as one American people, of the great work our men and women in the Armed Forces do to keep us safe, and of our unique place in the world as a beacon of freedom and democracy for all.
Congressional candidate Adam Hasner:
Today, I join with all Americans as we stop to remember and pay respect to those victims and heroes whose lives were lost in the September 11th attacks. This is a day for us to reflect upon the God-given freedom that defines our nation and the heavy price that we are sometimes forced to pay for its sake.
In the days that followed September 11, 2001 our country stood united. The best in each of us individually, and in our nation collectively, was brought out for the entire world to see. Issues of the day were set aside as we came together to mourn, heal, and prevail in the face of evil.
In remembering the Americans who died that day eleven years ago, and those men and women in our military who have given their lives in the years since defending our freedom and security, I hope we can again draw on the sense of purpose that united us then and continues to unite us today.
Speaker Designate Will Weatherford (via Twitter):
It has been 11 years since 9/11, but we have not forgotten. Thanks to our men and women overseas for keeping us safe! #usa
State Representative Dan Davis (via Twitter):
A special thank you to first responders today. I appreciate you for your sacrifice and for keeping my family safe. #911
State Representative Matt Gaetz:
For generations to come, September 11th will evoke a wide range of emotions for so many of our fellow Americans. As a nation, we grieve for those lost as we vow to defend our homeland against acts of senseless radicalism and violence in the future.
Today, we choose to be deeply grateful to the truest patriots among us. Many of America’s bravest war fighters call Northwest Florida home. They go to our churches; their children attend our schools; we even chat together in the checkout line at Publix. Our servicewomen and servicemen have always flavored our community with their character, charity and bravery. And when America goes to war, Northwest Floridians often go first, fighting evil in the farthest corners of the globe as husbands, wives, children and parents bargain with God for a safe return.
From the days of Lexington and Concord to today, those willing to take up arms for our nation have always been the truest examples of America’s exceptionalism.
It is the service and sacrifice of others that keeps our community strong and safe. Firefighters, police officers and first responders go to work each day hoping for the chance to help someone else in jeopardy. They train and prepare for risks that would shake the strongest willed. They comfort and care on our worst days. We could never pay them enough for the value bestowed to us all.
Of course, September 11th deepens our resolve to expand and defend the promise of freedom. It should. But equally as important as any value or virtue we cherish are those who defend them each day.
Today, thank an airman, soldier, sailor, firefighter or cop. Tell them that America is still counting on them. They never seem to mind our appreciation – even while checking out at Publix.
State Representative Alan Williams
On this 11th anniversary of this tragic day, let us celebrate the lives of the victims and give thanks to the bravery of the first responders without whom this tragedy could have been far greater. Take the opportunity on today to salute the heroes of 9/11 and remember the men and women serving overseas and recapture that spirit of unity and compassion that inspired us 11 years ago following these attacks. Let us rededicate ourselves to deriving strength from this tragedy and commit to being a service in our community, state and nation to ensure that our future generations continue to have the benefit of the promise of the American Dream.