In a statement commemorating the 11th anniversary of the tragedy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged Tuesday that "America will never forget those who perished" in the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Eleven years ago, evil descended upon our country, taking thousands of lives in an unspeakable attack against innocents," Romney said. "America will never forget those who perished. America will never stop caring for the loved ones they left behind. And America shall remain ever vigilant against those who would do us harm."
Romney went on to applaud American troops for their service and issue a warning to those who might consider a similar attack.
The presidential hopeful will address the National Guard Association Convention in Reno, Nev., today, and is expected to address the anniversary during his remarks. The campaign is also scheduling regional collection drives, care package assembly and troop letter-writing in at least six swing states, and both Obama and Romney — along with their associated super-PACs — have agreed not to run television commercials Tuesday.
Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), also issued a statement calling for Americans to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Eleven years ago today, from Capitol Hill, I could see the smoke rising from the fires burning in the Pentagon," Ryan said. "Like all Americans, I will never forget the moment that our homeland came under attack.
"For me, this is a day to remember those who perished on that day of terror, including the first responders," he continued. "It is also a day to pay tribute to all those who have worked quietly and tirelessly both on the home front and abroad to prevent a repetition of such terrible events. And it is a day to give honor to those in our military who have sacrificed so much, including their lives, for the same end. Their courage and heroism and willingness to answer the call of duty have kept America safe and strong and free. We are truly the home of the brave.”