Below are statements issued today from Maine's four Congressional members remembering 9-11.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine: “With the heaviest of hearts, we observe the 11th anniversary of the terrible events of September 11, 2001. We remember and mourn those whom we lost, as we also commemorate the freedoms that continue to make our nation the greatest in the world. And we recall the heroic acts of valor that will always distinguish the thousands of men and women who went to work that day, or boarded a plane, or rushed to the aid of strangers whose lives they believed were as vital as their own.
“Nowhere was that more evident than with the first responders who, in the face of unspeakable adversity and peril, heroically ran toward the smoke and flames, placing their lives in harm’s way in the most courageous and noble of endeavors – to save others without regard for their own safety. And we will never forget those exceptional men and women who have donned our country’s uniform to safeguard and defend our nation, including those who are currently serving overseas as well as here at home.
“From the firefighters throughout Maine who rushed to aid in the rescue and recovery efforts, to the pulp and paper mill workers in Baileyville who donated more than $6,000 following the attacks to help people they had never met, and to the Freeport Flag Ladies who have waved American flags on Main Street in Freeport every Tuesday morning since the attacks, rain or shine, Mainers and Americans have sent a resounding and enduring message to the world that we can never be deterred and our freedoms will never be crushed by the instruments of terror.”
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine: "We pause today to remember those whose lives were taken on that terrible day. Each loss leaves a wound in the hearts of families and friends that can never be fully healed. This solemn anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, is dedicated to the deepest human emotions of loss, of sacrifice, and of resolve.
"The terrorist attack of 9/11/01 was an attack on the United States, an attack on freedom, and an attack on civilization. As we pledge to never forget what was lost and what was given on September 11th, we must in the same breath pledge to do all that we can to prevent future attacks. We can offer no such guarantee, but it must be our goal.”
"The loss we relive this day reminds us of the value of all that we must protect. The heroism reminds us of the unconquerable spirit of the American people. As long as we keep the meaning of this day of remembrance in our hearts, we will meet the challenges that lie ahead.
Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine: “Today, we give thanks to all the first responders, service members, veterans and everyday Americans who acted so heroically and selflessly on behalf of their fellow citizens. We remember not only what they did, but how they moved all of us, brought us together, and continue to impact our nation.
“Too many lost their lives or were wounded on this day 11 years ago and in its aftermath. We will never forget them, and we remain united as a country as we strive to live up to their sacrifice. While the events of that day will forever remain a national tragedy, our country remains strong.”
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine: “We all remember what we were doing on 9/11. We remember where we were, who we were with and how we felt. But we must also take this opportunity to remember all this has happened in the years since then and all the men and women who have sacrificed and served to keep our country safe.
“Today our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of September 11, the first responders who risked all and with all of those who have served and sacrified in the wars that followed those terrorist attacks and those who serve today.”