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Leaders' statements on search for Marines

Statements from political leaders on the deaths of 12 Marines in the collision of two helicopters off Oahu's North Shore:

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai (D)

I am deeply saddened to hear of this news and keep the friends and families of these brave Marines in my thoughts and prayers.  As a member of the Hawaii National Guard, I know firsthand the risks our brave servicemen and women take when they answer the call of duty.  We must never forget the sacrifices our troops make to protect our freedoms. I offer my sincerest sympathies to all those touched by this tragic accident.

U.S. Brian Schatz (D)

This is a tragic loss of 12 Marines from all over our great country and whose lives were filled with promise.  In service to their country, they called Hawai‘i home and so the loss we feel today is like the loss of family.  Their loss is also a reminder of the dangers faced by American armed service men and women throughout the world and in honoring these 12 Marines, we honor all.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D)

My thoughts, prayers, and aloha are with the families of the twelve U.S. Marines lost in last week’s tragedy.  Each Marine served our country bravely and with distinction.  Our military ohana is a vital part of our island community, closely involved with virtually every aspect of our lifestyle and culture. I join the people of Hawaii in mourning their loss.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) 
On CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer

I think that this is an important reminder -- we as Americans should never forget that whether our service members are training here at home or whether they’re fighting abroad, that their lives are on the line.  They’ve sacrificed so much for our country, and that’s something that we’ve got to honor and always remember and always be grateful to them. 

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