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September 11, 2013

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: What they're saying about 9/11, 12 years later

TAHLEQUAH — Several Oklahoma lawmakers issued statements observing the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks involving the  Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon and a third American Airlines Flight 93 jet that went down in Shanksville, Penn.

Lawmakers include Gov. Mary Fallin, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla.

In her statement, Fallin asked for prayers for victims’ families.

“Twelve years after 9-11, the United States of America remains the worlds greatest beacon of liberty,” said Fallin. “Rather than allow the most devastating terrorist attack in national history to jeopardize or weaken our principles, we have redoubled our commitments to democratic freedoms and our opposition to tyranny and oppression.

“Today, let us remember and pray for the victims of 9-11 and their families. Let us also give thanks for the first responders, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others. Finally, let’s express our gratitude for the men and women of our armed services who risk their lives to protect the liberty of others, both here at home and abroad.”

Inhofe views the incident as the foundation to end all terrorism throughout the world.

“Our hearts will never forget the mothers and fathers, children and siblings that were lost or the pain that Americans felt during the violent acts of terror on Sept. 11, 2001,” wrote Inhofe. “The nearly 3,000 innocent Americans in New York City, Pennsylvania and Virginia whose lives were stolen that day will continue to be our foundation of reason to see terrorism silenced throughout the world. The Global War on Terror has been strenuous for our service members who have been tasked with the mission to preserve our national security and promote freedom. Their courage and selfless service, along with those from previous conflicts, serve as the cornerstone of our American patriotism.”

Mullin believes the U.S. must remain vigilant in its efforts to thwart terrorism.

“The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, taught us the need to be constantly vigilant. Subsequent attacks at home and abroad, including those in Benghazi, are reminders that we cannot let down our guard for a single moment.

“America’s resolve is tested and unmatched. And as Americans, we must stay alert and attentive in any situation because there are those who wish to do us harm.

“We are grateful for the soldiers who put their lives on the line to watch over our nation and for the law enforcement agents who every day are looking to stop the next attack. Their acts of sacrifice we can never fully repay.”

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