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TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today marking the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

“Today marks the seventeenth anniversary of one of the most tragic and traumatic days in our history as a Nation. The wounds may never be fully healed for the families, loved ones, coworkers and friends of those whose lives were lost, but they will forever be remembered for their courage and sacrifice in the face of fatal danger. 

“The firefighters, police officers, first responders, military members and civilians who gave their lives became an inspiration to the Nation. They serve as a constant reminder of the resilience of our country, our fortitude as Americans and our strength when we are unified.  

“As we gather today at ceremonies and memorials, at churches, synagogues and mosques, or privately in our homes, we need to remember the fallen and the families who mourn them. They are not forgotten.

“We must also honor the countless men and women who continue the vigilance of service and sacrifice at home and abroad to protect us from ongoing threats. We give our thanks to them and for the freedoms they are serving to preserve.”