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The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 is marked by West Virginia's leaders in the nation's capital.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement.

"A dozen years later, the memories of 9/11 are still very real for Americans – the terrible images of the Towers falling, the Pentagon in flames and the smoldering field in rural Pennsylvania," said Sen. Manchin. 

"It was a day when all Americans shared a terrible tragedy. But it was also a day that united us as never before. And as much as it changed our country, it also showed how much in America never changes – our desire to keep our families safe and our country strong," added Manchin. "These are the ideals that truly bind us together as a nation. And with God's blessings, it will always be so."

Senator Jay Rockefeller added his comments on the day to remember with a call to service.

Senator Jay Rockefeller today released the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:

"On each solemn and moving anniversary of that horrific September day, our nation mourns all those whose lives were taken and those lives that were forever changed. We remain filled with heartache from that day, and I suspect we always will," Sen. Rockefeller said.

"Each year on this anniversary, I ask all West Virginians to honor the victims of 9/11 by participating in an act of service. It can be as simple as volunteering at a local food bank, visiting an elderly neighbor, taking a moment to thank a police officer or firefighter for their service, or finding your own special way of giving back.  I can think of no better way to honor that tragic day than staying true to our state's long tradition of honoring others by making meaningful contributions to our communities."

Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement:

 "Today we remember the day twelve years ago, when nearly 3,000 innocent Americans lost their life in an act of unspeakable evil," said Rep. McKinley.  "We think of the loved ones the victims left behind, the first responders who answered the call and troops who have kept us safe since that day."

 "We must never forget the feeling of loss and sadness for the horrific scenes we saw, or the pride and patriotism that brought us together in that time of national mourning," added McKinley.  "Though we are now more than a decade removed from that day, we must never forget that the cost of freedom is high and there are still many in the world who would do us harm. As a nation today is a day of remembrance. Every day should be a day of vigilance."

 "We need to take a moment to remember what impact that day had on each of us," said McKinley. "We should also take time to pause and honor the fallen heroes in New York, Washington and Shanksville, PA and remember those family members who lost their loved ones."