U.S. Senator John Thune released the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
"Today marks 11 years since the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Flight 93, and we pause to remember the lives of the nearly 3,000 men and women who were tragically taken from their loved ones by terrorists determined to destroy our nation and our way of life. In the midst of unspeakable heartbreak, our country watched as neighbors banded together in spite of tremendous loss, and everyday heroes reminded us that freedom and liberty are gifts that must always be protected. I join all Americans today in expressing my gratitude for the sacrifice of the many men and women who continue to defend these freedoms. Despite the efforts of those who try to harm us, we remain a free people united in protecting and preserving a stronger America for generations to come."
Rep. Kristi Noem issued the following statement:
"September 11, 2001 is a day we will never forget. Eleven years ago, nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in a devastating act of terror that left thousands of children without parents and countless Americans without a son, daughter, sister, brother, best friend or spouse. While the horror of that day remains imprinted in our minds, so too does America's response. What the terrorists didn't count on was the resilient spirit of the American people. In South Dakota, communities and families banded together to pray and offer support to our fallen fellow Americans and their loved ones. Brave men and women from South Dakota and across the country answered the call and deployed thousands of miles away to defend our way of life. Today is a day to honor the memory of those who were lost on that horrible day, and to pay a tribute to all who have fallen fighting for our country ever since. September 11th is a reminder of who we lost, but also a reminder of all we have to defend. I hope every South Dakotan will take a moment to reflect and remember today."