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Md. Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown And Congressman Chris Van Hollen Release Statements On 9/11 Anniversary

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(WUSA) -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley released a statement Tuesday on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In it he recognizes the dozens of Marylanders who died during those attacks:

"On September 11, 2001, we told one another that we would never forget. Today and every day, we remember the men, women, and children - 68 of them Marylanders - who lost their lives 11 years ago, as well as their loved ones who still grieve for them. We remember the courage of those who risked everything to save others that day. And we pay tribute to the brave men and women who provide for our nation's defense each and every day, because freedom isn't free.

"Each and every year on this day of remembrance, we should look to our neighbors and rediscover all that unites us and has made our nation a beacon of hope and human dignity to the world."

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown also issued a statement: 

"11 years ago, all of us watched in horror as our country was attacked and thousands of innocent men, women, and children lost their lives. Each and every day, families continue to mourn for husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters who will never return.As we remember those who were lost, we also give thanks to those who bravely chose to risk - and give - their lives so that others might live. Countless police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and ordinary citizens put the safety of others before their own, and we will never forget their heroism.

"In the months and years following 9/11, thousands of U.S. servicemen and women have paid the ultimate price while defending America's freedoms abroad, and many more have returned to our shores wounded and in need of care. Today, we must renew our vow to never forget their sacrifice, and commit to giving America's veterans the care and service they've earned.

"Our country will continue to face challenges. But on days like today, we're reminded that the best way to confront our difficulties is together, standing side by side as Americans, united in our values of freedom, tolerance, and equality."

From Md. Congressman Chris Van Hollen we received the following:

"Eleven years ago today, our country experienced the worst attack in our history. We lost over 3,000 men, women, and children to a senseless act of terror that changed our lives forever. Today, we remember those lives lost on that bright fall morning and all those who have given their lives in defense of our nation.

"In the aftermath of those terrible attacks, our nation demonstrated the very best of the American spirit. We stood together as one country and rallied together to meet a common challenge. Much has changed since the 9/11 attacks, but our values remain the same.

"As we mark this anniversary, we remember those we lost, honor the countless acts of heroism we saw that day, and recommit ourselves to the sense of unity that makes our nation great. America is a nation dedicated to freedom, and in the face of adversity we stand together."

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) said about the 11th anniversary:

"Eleven years after the terrible tragedy of September 11, my heart goes out to the 68 Maryland families who lost loved ones that day. They're not alone in their grief and will always bear the impact of that day in their hearts.

"It is a poignant day with powerful memories. Of how we saw smoke coming from the Pentagon. And of how we all felt as we saw the World Trade Center fall. What I remember most is the generosity of spirit -- the bravery, courage and fortitude of first responders and everyday Americans.

"We'll never forget those suddenly and sadly taken from us, the heroic first responders who rushed to service, and the men and women of our military bravely fighting to keep America safe. Today we honor their courage and sacrifice."

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