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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senator Murray released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11th.

“Like all Americans, I will never forget where I was on September 11th 2001. And I will never forget the way our country responded. In the face of great tragedy, America responded with courage. We came together and united as one.

We were inspired by images of heroism shown by firefighters at Ground Zero. We saluted the men and women of our armed forces who traveled half way around the world to pursue justice.

In one moment, we all understood how fragile life can be and immediately lined up to donate time, money and blood to help those we had never met.

And we learned that although New York and Washington, D.C. are thousands of miles from our state, we are united by a common bond.

Since that time, we have worked to protect each other. We have taken steps to improve security at home and abroad and to prevent another tragedy. And while much has been done, there is still much yet to do.

I will continue to fight for resources for our troops abroad and for our first responders here at home. I will continue to insist on the funding necessary to protect our airports, borders and waterways.

I will also continue to stand up for the freedoms for which our country stands.

One of our most cherished freedoms is the freedom to disagree honestly and respectfully. This bedrock freedom of our democracy sets the United States apart from many other countries, including those who sponsor terrorism – and it is what our troops have fought and died for abroad. We recognize that diversity of opinion is America’s greatest strength.

Finally, we cannot forget that for many families September 11th isn’t just a day of national loss, but of personal loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has lost a friend or loved one. Your loss is our loss, and you are forever in our hearts.”