Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Remembering Lost Heroes - A Decade After 9/11

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lost
three employees in the attacks.
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On September 11, 2001 American experienced an attack that most people would not have been able to foresee.  Nearly 3,000 lives were lost and as a country America instantly bonded together to heal sorrows and to thank heroes who risked their lives to save others.

Ten years after that unforgettable day, a State Police honor guard stood at the ready during a memorial service at the R.J. Hughes Justice Complex.  In remembrance of the lives lost a decade ago, Evelyn Harrity sung The National Anthem as Dean of Rutgers Law School, Jon J. Farmer Jr. and Public Defender, Charles B. Mckenna stood with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and N.J. Director of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Paula T. Dow, with their hands over their hearts.

Throughout New Jersey and across America, commemorations continue to heal still-deep wounds as U.S. citizens reflect on the heroism of first responders, firefighters and everyday citizens who became leaders.  Among the most meaningful memorials, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation opened to the public, issuing nearly 7,000 tickets to mourners and patriots.  The accompanying website, 911 memorial, gives families and friends a way to plan a visit to the WTC Foundation and see a virtual tour from birds-eye views of the memorial or read unforgettable 9/11 stories.  Donations to the 911 memorial are accepted year-round and a name locator will help families and friends navigate the memorial to find a victim's name and learn more about how the names are arranged.

See photos from international 9/11 memorials
For at least one day, every American puts aside his or her partisanship and reflects for a moment.  We remember, pray and show our patriotism.  September 11 transformed America's national identity, and we are thankful for the international 9/11 memorials that unite us as citizens of the globe.  Many of us may feel a certain missing piece in our lives still.  We will never forget where we were when we heard the news, but most importantly we will never forget the leaders, heroes, friends and family members who were brave for our nation.

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