|By Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn|
“Although it has been twenty-two years since the day that changed our lives forever, the September 11 attacks are seemingly seared in our minds as if they were yesterday.
As we gather today, we continue to honor the nearly 3,000 victims who passed away from the attacks, along with the thousands more lost or still suffering from the aftermath.
We hold deep in our hearts the innumerable Americans who lost loved ones, and we grieve with you in unity.
The selfless bravery and ultimate sacrifices from our first responders – and everyday heroes – are acts we are eternally grateful for.
The vow to never forget does not just refer to the atrocities of 9/11: We must continue to support the courageous first responders and service members who are still suffering serious health issues from the hazards of ground zero.
Although the collective trauma from that horrific day will never fully heal, the support and unity displayed by all New Yorkers ultimately allowed our city and borough to come back stronger.
We must carry on that comradery by continuing to comfort and heal as we keep defending the American way of life and protecting our democracy.”
We Will Never Forget.