U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement in remembrance of September 11, 2001:
"Nine years ago, September 11 became a date this country must always remember, and a date impossible to forget.
"Terrorists attacked America and all that our nation represents. Today is a day of sadness. But it is also a day to be inspired by the overwhelming goodness of America.
"When we remember September 11, we remember the innocent victims of the attacks, as well as the heroism of the police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel and first responders.
"We remember the bravery of our armed forces who continue to defend and protect us--especially those who sacrificed their lives in this mission.
"And we remember those who stand ready, both here at home and around the world. Because this war on terror goes on. And today on September 11, we are confident in the strength and goodness of our cause and our country."