Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem issued statements Tuesday remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but also commending the way Americans banded together 11 years ago.

Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in attacks by terrorists—who Sen. Thune said tried destroying the U.S. and its way of life. Thune added, Americans still came together despite the efforts to harm the country.

"In the midst of unspeakable heartbreak, our country watched as neighbors banded together in spite of tremendous loss, and everyday heroes reminded us that freedom and liberty are gifts that must always be protected," Thune said in a news release. "I join all Americans today in expressing my gratitude for the sacrifice of the many men and women who continue to defend those freedoms."

Rep. Kristi Noem said September 11, 2001 is a day we will never forget. Rep. Noem said in a news release the horror of 9/11 sticks with us, but America's response remains imprinted in our minds.

"What the terrorists didn't count on was the resilient spirit of the American people," Rep. Noem said in a news release.

Noem said September 11 is also a day to honor the brave men and women who answered the call to defend the nation's way of life.

"September 11th is a reminder of who we lost, but also a reminder of all we have to defend," Noem said. "I hope every South Dakotan will take a moment to reflect and remember today."

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