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Today we honor the memory of those who gave their lives in the tragedies of September 11th and pray for the comfort of their loved ones. While a mournful nation can never fully understand the pain of your loss, we pay our respects in the best way we know how, with our prayers and remembrance.
That tragic day bore witness to countless acts of silent bravery and quiet heroism. Emergency responders and ordinary citizens made the supreme sacrifice to save the lives of perfect strangers. These acts at once summon inspiration and sadness.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Today we remember the many innocent lives lost on this day, 11 years ago. This is a time to reflect. The terrorist attacks shook us to the core, but they also strengthened our determination.
We must never forget the brave men and women who responded on that day – the police, firefighters and emergency personnel. Nor must we ever forget the men and women in uniform overseas fighting to keep us
safe here at home.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those we lost on that day. They are with the American troops overseas right now, and they are here in North Carolina – with the men and women of my community, district and state - including our veterans and active members of the military.
I’ll be serving dinner tonight at the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Veterans Restoration Quarters and Transitional Housing center to honor Veterans on this National Day of Service and Remembrance. I encourage each and every one of you to participate in an event today and to take a moment to honor those we’ve lost and those who are fighting for our freedom.