WASHINGTON, D.C. -– U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released a statement on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:
"Today we pause to remember those who lost their lives and honor the brave men and women who were called to duty that fateful day. We commemorate those who sacrificed all to make our country safer, and recognize those who continue to serve in New Mexico and around the world.
"As we look back on the last 12 years, we can be thankful that we are now winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we must remember that much work remains to support our armed forces, military families and our veterans.
"Today we also pay special tribute to our emergency personnel and first responders who keep us safe in our own communities. After the recent deaths of firefighter Token Adams and the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, New Mexicans are especially mindful of — and thankful for — those who risk their lives to protect us every day. We will never forget them."
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