Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Republican Matt Doheny released statements today to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Mr. Doheny, of Watertown, said he was suspending his congressional ads for the day.
Here's his statement:
"We pause today to honor the memory of the men and women lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We pray for the families of those killed, that they find healing and peace amidst this senseless tragedy. And we thank the heroes of that day, who cast aside concerns about their own safety to ensure that others would survive.
This day will forever serve as a reminder that we must be vigilant in protecting this great country from those who wish to do us harm. While many of those terrorists responsible for the attacks have been captured or killed, their network of acolytes still remains intact. We must remain committed to strong defense that keeps our homeland safe and ensures tranquility overseas.
In a show of solidarity and respect to what this day means to the families of these victims, I’ve directed my campaign to suspend all advertising. There will be plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas with my opponent that do not interfere with the solemnity of this day."
And here's a statement from Mr. Owens' office:
“As New Yorkers, we share a profound understanding of the loss and grief America shared on September 11th, 2001,” Mr. Owens said. “Today, we remember the families that lost loved ones, the first responders who answered the call to serve, and the men and women of America’s armed forces who have defended our freedoms.”
“The victims, families and heroes of 9/11 are in my thoughts and prayers today. It is my hope that in their memory, we can continue working together, in Washington and at home, to achieve lasting peace and prosperity for years to come.”