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

"Like all Americans, I will never forget where I was on September 11th. The Senate leadership was meeting in the Capitol building in Washington D.C., and we were discussing the shocking news that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in New York.

During the meeting, I happened to look out one of the windows, and I saw something I will never forget. I saw black clouds of smoke filling the sky over the Pentagon, and I feared the worst. Before any of us could register a reaction we were evacuated from the Capitol building.

In the face of great tragedy, America responded with courage. We came together and united as one.

We were inspired by the heroism of the firefighters at Ground Zero who selflessly entered burning buildings to save lives. We saluted the men and women of our armed forces who traveled half way around the world to pursue justice.

We learned how fragile life can be, and immediately lined up to donate time, money and blood to help people we had never met.

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

In many respects, it was a day of awakening. Sadly, we learned that America is not immune to the terrorism that has gripped other parts of the world. We took steps to improve security at home and abroad and to prevent another tragedy. We took stock of those things that are truly important – family, community, and friends.

We are proud to be Americans, we are united by our common values, and we treasure 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. We recognize that diversity of opinion is America's great 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."