Governor Parson's Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

 — Today, on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Governor Mike Parson released the following statement remembering those who were lost on that fateful day:

"Today, on the 20th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, we remember the heroes lost during the 9/11 attacks. On this day that brings such strong emotions and painful memories, our hearts go out to their families, friends, and loved ones."

"We honor and remember our firefighters, law enforcement officers, first responders, and Americans - from all walks of life - who risked their own lives and made the ultimate sacrifice, without hesitation, to help their fellow Americans. These brave men and women did more than what was asked and could have ever been expected of them, not because of any one person but out of love for one nation: our nation."

"On one of our worst days, we saw the best qualities of our nation and the purest expression of American patriotism. Americans from every corner of the nation donated, volunteered, and grieved because even though it may have occurred in another state, county, or city, it was a loss we shared."

"The courage, resiliency, and bravery demonstrated on that day reminds us to stand tall in the face of terrorism and always rise to confront the challenges we face. In the United States, we are strong and remain a beacon for hope and freedom because we refuse to unlearn the lesson these American heroes taught us: Our freedom may be shared but so is our obligation to defend it."

"On September 11, 2001, we suffered a great loss, but fear did not overcome us and tragedy did not break us, and we will never forget."