WASHINGTON — Three members of Kansas U.S. Congressional delegation recognized Wednesday’s anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“Twelve short years ago our nation took a blow the likes of which we could never have imagined,” U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said. “We lost mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and friends; families were torn apart, and our country was dragged into a war with radical Islam that we never sought and never wanted.

“But from the ashes of the horrific attacks in New York, Washington, and on Flight 93, we saw many of our fellow Americans rise to historic heights: firefighters and police officers rushing into falling buildings, our men and women in uniform bravely taking to the battlefield, and the American people uniting together in the face of our enemies.”

About 3,000 people died Sept. 11, 2001, when Islamic extremists from the terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and used them as weapons against U.S. targets: the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and, presumably the White House, though that target was missed when passengers of Flight 93 overpowered the hijackers and the plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

“As we honor the 9/11 heroes, victims and their families and friends left behind,” U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., said, “I ask Americans to pray for our brave service men and women stationed around the world who protect us here at home each and every day. We will never forget those we lost in these attacks, and it is my hope this anniversary will serve as a reminder of this great nation’s strength, resilience and commitment to the cause of freedom.”

 Noting the terror of the morning attack, as well as the bravery of those who responded, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., also recognized more recent events.

“The world has changed since that horrific morning, but the American spirit remains resilient and strong,” Moran said. “We also pause to remember the four American lives lost in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi just one year ago today. As the families of those lost continue to search for answers, we must reaffirm our commitment to protecting this country and its ideals from those who wish to do us harm.”