LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today issued the following statement in remembrance of the 16th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.
“For me, as with many Americans, September 11th is a day that brings up vivid memories and strong emotions. At the time, I was serving as the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
“In the days that followed the attacks, in the midst of terror and destruction, we saw the face of America. We saw the strength and resilience that built our nation and that would rebuild it.
“Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans are assessing their losses in Texas and Florida, where the winds of Hurricane Irma continue to pound. But let me share my assessment of Americans: We are brave. We are resilient. We always rise to meet the challenges of the day.
“I saw that first-hand when President Bush asked me to serve as Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In that role, I was honored to be trusted to help lead our nation’s efforts to prevent an attack like this from ever happening again.
“Sixteen years ago, terrorists tried to bring the United States of America to its knees. Yet we continue to stand tall as a beacon of freedom, opportunity and hope to the rest of the world. In the past 16 years, we have not forgotten those we lost, nor will we forget the courage, resilience and sacrifice of the American people.”
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