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Never forget: Colorado officials remember Sept. 11 attacks, honor the fallen

Author: Ernest Luning - September 11, 2017 - Updated: September 12, 2017

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New York City firefighters with Ladder 10 Engine 10 firehouse salute during a moment of silence, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the World Trade Center in New York. Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others gathered Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil. During the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters were killed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)New York City firefighters with Ladder 10 Engine 10 firehouse salute during a moment of silence, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the World Trade Center in New York. Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others gathered Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil. During the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters were killed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Officials from across Colorado took to social media to issue solemn statements Monday to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“Today we all take a moment to remember those we lost and how far we have come together. Never forget. #CORemembers911,” Gov. John Hickenlooper posted on Twitter. He also noted that it’s Patriot Day.

“We will never forget the thousands of innocent lives lost, the heroism of our nation’s first responders, or the indefatigable American spirit that has persevered since the attacks on our country 16 years ago,” said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in a statement. “Today, communities across Colorado and the country have come together through a collective sense of patriotism to honor the fallen and those who have served and sacrificed in the years since. We will continue to recognize that spirit in our ongoing efforts to protect our nation.”

“We will #NeverForget the lives that we lost 16 years ago on September 11, 2001 and we’ll continue to honor their memory,” wrote U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Twitter, including a link to his full statement:

“Sixteen years ago, our nation experienced the most horrific terror attack in our country’s history. We will never forget that awful day and the innocent lives lost. We are forever grateful for our first responders, volunteers, and every person who took action that day to help those in need. Our country showed the world how Americans unite in the wake of tragedy. As we continue the fight against terrorism, we are thankful for our men and women in uniform who are on the front lines safeguarding our freedoms.”

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn honored the thousands who perished in the attacks and recalled the courage exhibited that day in a Facebook post.

“September 11th, 2001 changed the United States forever. Thousands perished that day and we saw firsthand what evil looks like. But we also saw incredible courage. First-responders selflessly rushed into danger to help others. Brave passengers on Flight 93 sacrificed their own lives to save others. And thousands of brave men and women enlisted in the military after the attacks to protect our country from terrorism. While America was forever changed on that day, our character, resolve, and commitment to our ideals were strengthened. May we never forget,” Lamborn wrote.

“16 years after #September11, we honor the victims & reaffirm our commitment to freedom and unity — American values that endure,” U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wrote on Twitter, attaching a photo of the New York skyline with the phrase “the scars remain, but the healing made us stronger.”

“Spending some time today remembering those we lost on #September11. #NeverForget,” wrote U.S. Rep. Ken Buck on Twitter. “To remember those dark days is to live with the same courage, resolve, vigilance & compassion that overflowed after the attack. #NeverForget”

“Today and every day, we remember the tragic events of 9/11. That dark and painful day will always weigh heavy on our hearts. #NeverForget,” U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter posted on Twitter.

“Today we remember the victims of the attacks, pray for their families, and thank the brave men and women who fight to protect us every day,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton tweeted along with a graphic representing the Twin Towers.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman released a statement recalling the victims and emergency personnel killed in the attacks and their aftermath with a nod to those helping communities hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“16 years later, we remember the innocent victims and the heroic first responders who perished on 9/11,” Coffman wrote. “Today, our first responders in Texas and Florida continue to display the same great character of America as they selflessly serve the communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. While we remain eternally grateful for all these first responding men and women have done and do for our country, we also must keep the memory of those we lost on 9/11 alive,” said U.S. Representative Congressman Mike Coffman.”

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis tweeted an iconic photo of New York firefighters raising an American flag at Ground Zero after the attacks. The photo, taken by Thomas E. Franklin of The Record  of Bergen County, New Jersey, appeared on a U.S. postage stamp issued in 2002.

“We will always remember, and we must always honor. #September11,” Polis wrote in his tweet.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock retweeted a tweet by former President Obama, who wrote, “We remember everyone we lost on 9/11 and honor all who defend our country and our ideals. No act of terror will ever change who we are.”

Aurora Police Department Chief Nick Metz posted a request for Twitter followers to join the department commemorating those who lost their lives in the attacks.

“With everything happening in our country today, join @AuroraPD for a moment to remember those lost on September 11, 2001,,” Metz tweeted, adding, “(hearts) still broken.”

This post has been updated.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.


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