Senator Stevens Reflects on the Anniversary of September 11, 2001
After attending the unveiling of the September 11th Pentagon Memorial, Senator Ted Stevens released the following statement:
"I attended the unveiling today with the President and Secretary of Defense. The memorial at the Pentagon is a fitting tribute to those, both civilian and military, who lost their lives in the Pentagon attack on September 11th.
"The service brought back sad memories of that fateful morning. There have been very few times in my life that have defied description in words. Surveying the damage after the attacks was one of them. But even in the face of atrocity and horror, there is hope. We all remember watching the footage of firefighters, police, and paramedics running into the towers, even when they knew they were doomed. Our country's first responders showed to the world what Americans already knew, they were heroes.
"Our other heroes, the men and women of the United States Military, stood ready to answer the nation's call and take the fight to the enemy. Today, we honor their sacrifice. In the seven years since September 11th no American has fallen victim to terrorism on our soil. Our troops have fought valiantly and given hope to people throughout the world who could not even dream of freedom less than a decade ago.
"I am proud to be an American and a Veteran. I hope that today all Alaskans honor the memory and sacrifice of the victims of September 11th and our troops."