(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senator Murray released the following statement on the four-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
“While four years have passed since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, I will never forget the way our country came together in that time of great need. In the face of unfathomable tragedy, Americans responded with courage. We came together and united as one.
“The strength of the American spirit always shines in our darkest hours. And we are reminded that whether we live in Washington, D.C. or New York or Washington state we are united by a common bond – we are Americans.
“Since the terrible attacks of September 11th, we have worked to protect each other. We have taken steps to improve security at home and abroad and to prevent further acts of terrorism on our soil. And while much has been done, there is still much yet to do.
“We must take seriously the threat of an incident at our seaports. As those of us in Washington state know all too well, an incident at any of our ports could have a dramatic impact on both human life and our local and national economies. I have worked to increase security at our ports and to monitor and track the cargo containers that enter our country. I will continue my work to focus national attention on this top security concern.
“I will also continue to fight for the resources to help our troops complete their missions safely abroad and to care for our veterans when they return home.
“While we work to provide the resources necessary to protect our airports, borders and waterways, we must also stand up for the freedoms for which our country stands.
“We recognize that diversity of backgrounds and of opinions is America’s greatest strength. And our ability to disagree honestly and respectfully is the bedrock of our democracy and sets our nation apart from those who sponsor terrorism.
“Finally, we cannot forget that for too many families, September 11th isn’t just a day of national loss, but of personal loss as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has lost a friend or a loved one. We will never forget.”