Virginia’s top political leaders will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist acts at a ceremony Sunday at the Pentagon.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, will attend the event, as will Sen. Mark R. Warner (D).
The Observance Ceremony in Remembrance honors the 184 people who died when American Airlines Flight 77, bound for Los Angeles, crashed into the Pentagon.
McDonnell issued a proclamation marking Sunday a “Day of Remembrance, Patriotism and Prayer” in Virginia.
McDonnell, new chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, his counterpart at the Democratic Governors Association, used the occasion to issue a joint statement.
The two governors have sparred in recent weeks, particularly over their spending and taxes, but this weekend came together in a show of unity and bipartisanship.
“The National Capitol Region and our country as a whole will stand together 10 years after these attacks just as we did in the days following the attacks, and we will work together to make our nation and our world safer, stronger and more resilient,” they wrote.
Read the full statement below:
“On September 11th, 2001, life in America changed, and the country we love so deeply was forever marked by an unprecedented tragedy on our home soil. The actions of our citizens that day and in the weeks, months and years that followed are a testament to the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that our nation embodies in times of strife. As governors of two states whose citizens were directly impacted by the horrific events that occurred 10 years ago, we solemnly remember all the lives that were lost on September 11th, 2001, and those that were forever altered.
The terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11th miscalculated that the scars they left on American would break our resolve and divide our spirit. First responders, citizens and elected officials, regardless of jurisdiction or affiliation, stood together that day and helped their fellow citizens. Although the attacks left our nation reeling in grief, they have only served to bolster our American spirit. Our nation drew together with a sense of purpose and pride that helped heal our wounds and strengthen our resolve to make the world safe from the scourge of terrorism.
Out of that tragedy, we saw the nation come together, unified and strong. On this day of remembrance, we hope Americans can rediscover all that unites us and makes our nation the world’s brightest beacon of freedom. The National Capitol Region and our country as a whole will stand together 10 years after these attacks just as we did in the days following the attacks, and we will work together to make our nation and our world safer, stronger and more resilient.”