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Wednesday marked the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. Memorials took place across the country in a variety of venues to remember the lives lost on 9-11.

The Iowa Standard saw many social media posts from Iowa Republicans encouraging Iowans to “never forget.”

Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Marion) took part at an event in Waukon.

“We paid tribute to Patriots in our community and those who sacrifice to keep us safe,” Hinson posted to Facebook. “We will never forget.”

Hinson attended the ground breaking of the new Marion Fire Station and headquarters.

“Today we honor those first responders for all they do for our community,” she said. “We will never forget.”

The Iowa Standard was curious about similar messages posted from Democrats in the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate.

Democrats in the Iowa House sent out legislative emails on Sept. 11. However, there was no mention of anything related to the anniversary of 9-11.

The Iowa House Democrats sent out their statehouse newsletter, dated Sept. 11, 2019.

They had stories about IPERS being strong, state park volunteer day, property taxes being due, the Trump trade conflict adding to slow economic growth, high school financial literacy requirements, healthy Iowans progress report seeing mixed results and state run Iowa online learning, which will end in the spring of 2020.

But nothing about 9-11.

The Iowa Senate Democrats at least had a 9-11 picture posted to their Facebook page. But on an individual basis, we could find just two Iowa Senate Democrats who posted any sort of tribute to 9-11. If there are more, we’ll gladly correct this story.

With that in mind, we sincerely tip our cap to Senators Rob Hogg and Zach Wahls. Both took the time to post individualized messages about 9-11. Wahls posted a sequence of tweets about 9-11.

It is important our elected leaders remember to honor days like 9-11. Thankfully, there aren’t very many of them to observe.

In closing, we leave you with this post from Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville).

Author: Jacob Hall


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