"On this day seventeen years ago, tragedy struck our nation. Today, let us come together with steadfast patriotism as we remember the lives forever lost and honor the heroes who rushed to action in protection of our great country. We will never forget September 11, 2001."
— Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.
"Our nation will never forget the events of September 11, 2001, and the tragic loss that thousands of American families suffered. Nor will we ever forget how America united as a country to respond to those brutal attacks."
— Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
"Today is a solemn day for several generations of Americans. I think many of us can remember the exact place and moment we were when we learned of the attack on the Twin Towers. That attack was more than just an attack on a physical presence in New York City, it was an attack on the very ideals that we hold dear. It was an assault on the freedoms and liberties that other counties of the world look at and use as a model for their democracies. As we have many times before, we came together and unified as Americans, boldly displaying flags from our homes, buildings, churches and businesses. We also prayed for the souls of those who were lost in the attack; the workers in the towers, the Pentagon, Flight 93 and the First Responders who gave their lives in an effort to save others. Most of all we asked God to bless America, as we do this and every day."
— Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger
17 years ago America suffered a cowardly attack that claimed more than 3000 innocent lives. I'm still inspired by how we came together as one nation in the aftermath. #NeverForget the victims, 1st responders & ordinary hero's who risked their lives to help their fellow Americans.
— Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah
Today we remember the 3,000 civilians and first responders who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept 11, 2001. We will never forget.
— Chattanooga fire department
September 11, 2001 was a day that marked all of us forever. Today we lowered flags over the State Capitol and all state buildings to honor those who were lost. Join me in thanking the men and women who voluntarily run toward danger, protecting our communities, state and nation.
— Gov. Bill Haslam
"We must never forget the thousands of innocent Americans who lost their lives that day on September 2001. We must never forget the brave heroes who rushed into burning buildings to rescue the victims, the soldiers who rushed into battle to protect our country. And we must never forget the wicked terrorists who attacked the United States, purposefully targeting the symbols of our great nation. That's why we salute the flag. That's why we stand for the anthem. When we honor these symbol of American patriotism, we honor the men and women who sacrificed everything to protect them."
— Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn.
"On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, we remember the innocent lives lost and the brave heroes who sacrificed everything to protect our loved ones."
— Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga.
Today we pray for the families and victims of 9/11 and for all of our soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. We will never forget.
— Karl Dean, Democratic candidate for Tennessee governor
17 years ago, our country & our way of life came under attack. Today, we take time to honor the victims, their families and the many heroes who defined that day and the aftermath - from first responders to ordinary citizens, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. #weremember
— Bill Lee, Republican candidate for Tennessee governor
Tonight, hold your kids a little tighter; kiss your significant other a little bit longer; tell those that you love what they mean to you. And tomorrow morning, say a prayer for those that we lost on that day, and the ones we continue to lose through related illness. Never Forget
—Dunlap Fire Department, Dunlap, Tennessee
I was in my law office, talking to a client on the telephone, when I first learned of the attacks. Watching it on our small television, I remember clearly the horror, fear, and confusion I felt. In the days afterward, though, I also remember how our country came together with patriotism and unity of purpose.
--Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke