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Reflecting on the Anniversary of September 11, 2001


By Robert L. Santos | Census Bureau

Today marks the anniversary of September 11, 2001, also known as Patriot Day. This day is incredibly profound for our nation and me, as I expect it is for you, too. Twenty-one years later, the tragic events of this day are indelible memories. We will never forget the suffering, the lives lost, and the vulnerability we felt when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Nor will we forget the closeness we suddenly felt to one another as a unified nation, as fellow Americans. We realized we were all neighbors, we were compatriots. We stuck together, looked out for one another, and helped each other process the magnitude of what had occurred.  

The events of 9/11 brought out the best in many of us. Every day people became heroes. And first responders became superheroes. So many sacrificed their lives for others. Please join me in pausing to honor the memories of those that lost their lives that day and offer comfort to their families.

On Patriot Day, we mourn this tragic loss of life and reflect on ourselves as one nation. Many of us still feel the emotional and physical wounds inflicted upon our great nation. But we also cherish the strength and resilience we demonstrated, the sense of unity we achieved, and the commitment we collectively made as a nation to recover and overcome the challenge that faced us. We need more of that unity and commitment. I’m here to do my part, and I hope you will join me.

I wish you a peaceful and reflective Patriot Day.

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