Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
"Today we honor the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on September 11, and we extend our deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones. We also remember the tremendous heroism displayed during that darkest of days and afterwards. And we honor the sacrifice of the troops who continue to defend America at home and overseas.
"Today, more than a decade after the horrific September 11 attacks, the wounds are still deep. Our loss is still felt in the empty seats at dinner tables and high school graduations, in the missing colleagues at firehouses and police stations, and in the neighborhoods where loved ones never came home.
"But for all the destruction that took place on 9/11, our enemies' mission failed. Because on that day and the years that have followed, Americans have come together to show our resolve and resilience as a nation.
"In the aftermath of the attacks, Americans immediately came together and found ways to help each other. For many that meant giving blood, donating to relief efforts, lending a hand to grieving families or enlisting in the Armed Services. Washington state first responders flew to New York and our nation's capital to assist in search and rescue efforts. And a spontaneous vigil at the Seattle Center drew more than 30,000 Washingtonians to display their support for the victims of the attack.
"Today, we remember these heroic actions that demonstrated the strength and resilience of the American people. We pay tribute to the victims of the September 11th attacks, and to those who defend our freedom and our communities every day."