U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in remembrance of the upcoming anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, honoring the men and women who lost their lives and the first responders and service members who continue to fight the global War on Terrorism:
“Our nation mourns as we remember that fateful day: September, 11, 2001. We must never forget the 2,977 innocent lives lost and over 6,000 injured when terrorists carried out an attack on our homeland 21 years ago or their family members and loved ones who had to continue on after this awful tragedy. We remember our first responders for their bravery that day and those who continue to put themselves in harm’s way for our country. The terrorists tried to steal our sense of security, but they failed. America rose up and rebuilt, but the fight is not over.
“Islamic extremists continue to target Americans and our freedoms at home and abroad. A harsh reminder of this anniversary is the tragedy that took place on September 11, 2012, when we lost four brave Americans from a terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we prioritize our national security, starting with our military. We rebuilt after 9/11 and came back stronger, and we must continue building on that strength and resolve today.”