Ortt, Hawley issue statements on 9/11 anniversary
State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, and State Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, have both issued statement on the 18thanniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
State Sen. Rob Ortt: “Today, we remember the thousands of lives that were stolen by radical Islamic terrorists, who were intent on destroying the idea of America. Eighteen years later, we still remember those who lost their lives on that infamous day, and the first responders and armed forces members we have lost since.
“What continues to live, however, is the idea of America, and the concept of freedom and democracy. I swore an oath to this nation, as a soldier, and as a senator, to protect our nation from enemies both foreign and domestic. I will continue to do so to the utmost of my ability because that is what we as Americans owe those who have lost their lives at the hands of our nation’s enemies.
“Together, we can continue to be the greatest country this world has ever seen, yet divided we shall certainly perish. Today, set aside your differences and remember we are all Americans, some by birth and others by choice, but Americans nonetheless. Love one another and remember that our greatest strength is our unity and our faith in each other. God bless.”
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley: “On a day just like today 18 years ago, our nation came under attack. Nearly 3,000 citizens, firefighters and police officers, began their mornings just like any other. On that day they tragically lost their lives.
“No one could imagine the events that transpired that September morning, and for a moment our freedom was compromised. An attack intended to break our spirits and devastate our nation, in our darkest hour faced with pure evil, Americans responded with bravery and courage. An effort to tear us apart only brought us closer together.
“Today we hold the ones we love a little tighter, we remember those we lost and we honor those who gave everything to protect our freedom.
The memory of September 11, 2001 will remain in our hearts forever, but the strength and resiliency that defines this country will always prevail in the face of darkness. We will never forget.”