Supervisor Perez Statement on 16-Year Anniversary of 9/11
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez offers the following statement on the passage of 16 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
“Sixteen years ago today, the worst terrorist attack ever committed on American soil took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent people. As a nation, we mourned the enormous loss of life, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania. We promised to never forget the people who lost their lives, or gave their lives in service to others that horrible day.
“Despite the attempt to destroy America, our nation rallied and the country united in a manner I had never seen in my lifetime. Some 5 million Americans were inspired to serve in our nation’s military. Seven thousand of our military have died in the War on Terror to protect us and the freedoms we enjoy here at home. Our firefighters also deployed to the impact areas and assisted in recovery operations. Immediately following the events of September 11, 2001, our valley residents sent over $1 million to the 9/11 Relief Fund.
“Today, our thoughts and our prayers are with the families of the 9/11 victims. I had a chance to take my family to the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. It was moving to see the names of all who died in this tragedy. It is important to teach our children, especially those born after 9/11, to make sure they are aware of what happened and to never forget the families that lost loved ones.
“We pray for peace and a time when the world will be safe and that those who waged this fight will not have died in vain.”