Today, we honor the Lives Lost on 9/11, a day that changed America forever We also pay tribute to the heroes who emerged from the tragedy. September 11th, 2001, remains in America’s collective memory.
With the devastating loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives, the attacks struck at the heart of America and reverberated across the globe.
Today, we remember the victims, their families, and the countless brave individuals who risked their lives to save others.
As of this year, the remains of two people who passed during the attack on the World Trade Center have been identified.
Officers affirmed the identification of a male and female’s remains days before the 22nd anniversary of the attack that killed almost 3,000 people in Manhattan. City officials withheld their names at the request of their families.
The medical examiner working with the case was able to link the remains to 1,649 World Trade Center victims by using DNA sequencing techniques to test body components recovered in the rubble.
The attacks of 9/11 shifted our perception of security, both domestically and globally. It prompted us to reimagine our counterterrorism efforts and strengthen our resolve to protect our freedom and way of life.
The healing process following 9/11 has been difficult for individuals and the nation as a whole. It is indispensable to recognize that grief and trauma take time to heal, and for many, the pain remains. As we commemorate this anniversary, let us extend our support and understanding to those who continue to experience the lasting effects of this tragedy.
The lessons learned from this tragedy have shaped our nation’s policies and continue to influence our approach to national security.
The anniversary of September 11th serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience, compassion, and unity that emerged from the darkest of days.