Public Advocate James Remembers 9/11

September 11

In an email NYC Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James recalled the horror of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Lower Manhattan and the destruction of the World Trade Center causing the deaths of over 3,000 civilians and first responders:

“On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered the greatest terror attack in its history. The strikes brought New York City to its knees as nearly three thousand people perished and three buildings of the Twin Towers were reduced to ash and rubble. Sixteen years ago, our notion of America as a charmed and comfortable nation died in the flames.

“We lost friends and family, mothers, fathers, children, husbands and wives. We lost heroes, firefighters, police officers, first responders, and good samaritans who demonstrated extraordinary courage in their final moments, sacrificing their lives to save others.

“We were battered, but not broken.

“We responded to the hate with an outpouring of love and support. As a City, we’ve continued the painful healing process by remembering and honoring those we lost and cherishing the values of brotherhood, tolerance, and inclusion that no acts of terror or hate can ever stamp out.

“Every day we grow stronger and more resilient. Together, we march bravely forward into the future, but we will never forget the past.

“New York will always remember.

“God bless our first responders and God bless America.”

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