U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul released the following statement in recognition of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks:
"Today as we mark the passing of another year since the September 11 attacks in 2001, we honor those we lost on that day. We recall the innocent victims taken too soon, the courage of the passengers who prevented further tragedy, and those first responders, who in doing their jobs, laid down their lives to protect their fellow Americans.
"What grew from this tragedy was an all-encompassing spirit of patriotism, bonding our nation together in common purpose to move our country forward. Our endeavor today is to find that spirit once again. We must recognize that so much more binds us than divides us, and as Americans we are capable of solving the challenges of our time.
"In the memory of all who were lost on 9/11, I call on each of us to re-kindle the spirit of patriotism that brought us together in our country's darkest hour."