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Governor Marks 9/11 Anniversary

September 11, 2006 - TRC

AUGUSTA – On the fifth year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Governor John Baldacci reflected on the loss felt by the nation. Five years ago the Governor – then a U.S. Congressman - was in Washington on the morning of those attacks. Today he recounted his personal experiences.

“Following the immediate chaos as Capitol Hill offices were evacuated, there grew a deep sense of national unity that crossed boundaries of party, ideology, and geography,” said the Governor. “We owe it to those who lost their lives and those who helped save lives to never forget. Our message to those here and abroad should be that we can overcome all obstacles when we are united as a nation.”

Speaking at a State House event this afternoon, Governor Baldacci thanked all first responders for their continued efforts to protect the people of Maine and the nation. Representatives from local fire departments and police units were joined on the State House steps with members of the State Police, National Guard, state legislators, and other public servants.

The Governor recognized Bath Fire Department Captain Michael Clarke, who assisted in the response and recovery efforts in New York City following the attacks, also spoke. A memorial created by the Bath Fire Department made from a section of a girder from the World Trade Center has been on display at the State House in Augusta and will remain there until Friday, September 15. Captain Clarke’s request to the New York City Fire Department for a piece of the debris was one of only 25 honored in the country.

“I hope that when we look upon this memorial and when we recall September 11th, we will always remember that the freedom and liberty enjoyed in America are great blessings that we must never take for granted,” said the Governor.

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