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The 9/11 Memorial in New York. (Photo: Flickr.)

Statements on the 19th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

By David Wildstein, September 11 2020 8:34 am


“Today, as we remember the events of September 11th, 2001, our nation is faced with enormous challenges.  We remain in the midst of a deadly pandemic and unprecedented economic hardships.  We continue to reckon with injustices that have plagued our nation since its founding.  And our politics remain as divisive as ever.

“Yet, September 11th reminds us that we are all Americans – and that we rise and fall together.   We remember the 2,974 lives – including more than 700 New Jerseyans – who perished on that day, 19 years ago.  We also honor the thousands of first responders, family, friends and neighbors who have since succumbed to 9/11-related illnesses.

“And as we honor the memories of the loved ones so cruelly taken from this world, we must never forget the unity that brought us together in the wake of such evil.  Let us remember the common threads that bind us together as a people – our love for family, drive for success, respect for diversity, commitment to community, and our belief in common decency.

“These are the American values that kept us going in the days after September 11th.  These are the values that will give our nation the strength today to meet our toughest challenges and to resist any temptation to give into fear, no matter what.  And these are the values that empower us to go on living while cherishing the memory of those lost.  So let this be our solemn pledge – to unite behind our shared humanity, to keep those lost on 9/11 in our hearts forever, and to never forget.”


“Today we remember the beautiful souls lost on September 11, 2001. We also remember the extraordinary heroism of the brave first responders and all who stepped up to help their fellow Americans in the face of unspeakable violence and tragedy. Never forget.”


“We are all descendants of a common creed – One nation under God. Partners with a common purpose: to keep our nation free & strong; a place where people who work hard, take responsibility; have the chance to make the most of their lives; Join me & remember our heroes of 9/11.”


Life is indeed a precious and fleeting gift for which we should all be thankful. Take nothing for granted, and always keep in mind those who perished that day – and never forget those who have suffered in silence and continue to suffer today.


“We’ll never forget those lost, and we’ll always been grateful for those who have stepped up in service on that day and in the days since.”


“We remember the lives lost on 9/11 and pay tribute to our first responders who helped those in need. In the face of great tragedy our nation unified and we supported one another.”


“Today marks the nineteenth anniversary of one of the most tragic and traumatic days in our history. The wounds may never be fully healed for the families, coworkers and friends of those whose lives were lost, but they will be forever remembered for their courage and sacrifice in the face of fatal danger.
“The firefighters, police officers, first responders, military members and civilians who gave their lives became an inspiration to us all. They serve as a constant reminder of the resilience of our country, our fortitude as Americans and our strength when we are unified.

“Our response to 9-11 was an example of what is great about America and our limitless potential when we are united. In this time of immense uncertainty and turmoil, I would hope that we regain this sense of purpose and unity. Our nation has always been at its best when we stand together, as we did in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.”


“19 years ago evil struck. We mourn its victims, console their survivors, and resolve to confront our enemies wherever and whenever we must so that our nation can live in freedom and peace.”


“Today, the NJGOP, and every New Jerseyan, must take pause and reflect on the 2,977 lives lost 19 years ago. 9/11 reminds us all that no matter how great the tragedy, overbearing the loss, or formidable the challenge, the American spirit is unbreakable and enduring.”


“Almost two decades later, it is still difficult to grasp the wickedness of the attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001.

 “My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families who lost loved ones on that fateful day.

 “We should thank the heroic first responders who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero to save lives and remember those rescue workers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 “As we mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks we should all pay our respects to the thousands lost and also remember the strength, unity and resolve of Americans across this nation in the days that followed.

 “May God bless America.”


19 years after the attacks that tore so many from us, we mourn the family, friends, neighbors, and over 700 New Jerseyans who lost their lives. We honor the first responders who ran towards a danger we could not have imagined the day before. In the dark days that followed, our communities rallied together, and found strength in one another as we grieved as oneWhen we look across the Hudson from the 8th District, we see an empty sky and remember the legacy left behind by those we lost. Let us remember that strength and common good now, and in the months ahead.


“Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when terrorists hijacked four airliners in order to commit the worst act of terrorism in American history. Nearly 700 New Jerseyans—147 from Monmouth County alone—lost their lives that day. No one remembers the shock, horror and numbing sorrow more, however, than the families and close friends of the victims. Because it was a surprise attack, there was no chance to fight back that day although when Todd Beamer and other passengers learned what happened to the Twin Towers, Todd famously said “let’s roll” and they attacked the terrorists on board the flight that crashed in a Pennsylvania field.  Who can forget the courageous first responders running up the stairs of the burning buildings—with total disregard for their own safety.”


“It is hard to believe that it has been 19 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks. We mourn and remember the lives of those we lost that day and honor the first responders who heroically sacrificed their lives to save others.

Of the nearly 3,000 people that died on September 11th, 749 were New Jerseyans. Families and friends in our community lost beloved wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. And for the families of first responders and residents of lower Manhattan that worked on or near the pile, the toxic soup of dust and chemicals caused lasting health problems. Last summer, after years of obstruction, we were finally able to pass a permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to ensure survivors and families continue to receive the support they need and deserve.

America was forever changed that morning in September and we will never forget those who died, or the heroes who ran toward danger.

The pandemic has again tested our communities. We have lost too many friends and neighbors, and our first responders have again answered the call to serve others first. We have seen acts of heroism and kindness, both large and small. As we did after September 11th, we must remember that more unites us than divides us, and that we must take care of each other.

Today, we stand together in grief, united but not broken.”


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