Never forget: Colorado officials remember Sept. 11 attacks, honor the fallen
Author: Ernest Luning - September 11, 2017 - Updated: September 12, 2017
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.
— John W. Hickenlooper (@GovofCO) September 11, 2017
“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.”
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) September 11, 2017
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.”
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) September 11, 2017
“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”
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) September 11, 2017
To remember those dark days is to live with the same courage, resolve, vigilance & compassion that overflowed after the attack. #NeverForget
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) September 11, 2017
“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.
— Rep. Ed Perlmutter (@RepPerlmutter) September 11, 2017
“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.
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. pic.twitter.com/QsUVGq38ba
— Rep. Scott Tipton (@RepTipton) September 11, 2017
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.
— Rep. Jared Polis (@RepJaredPolis) September 11, 2017
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.”
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2017
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.”
— Chief Nick Metz (@APDChiefMetz) September 11, 2017
This post has been updated.