It is hard to fathom the devastation and loss of life that occurred on September 11, 2001. In a matter of hours, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
The attacks were a shock to the nation and the world. For many Americans, it was the first time they had experienced such a personal loss. The loss of life was felt in every corner of the country. In the days and weeks that followed, the nation came together to mourn the victims and offer support to the families and friends who were left behind.
Nearly two decades later, the 9/11 attacks remain seared in the nation’s memory. The loss of life was unprecedented, and the grief was palpable. In the years since, the nation has come to know the stories of the victims and the first responders who rushed into harm’s way. We have watched as the families of the victims have fought for justice and worked to rebuild their lives.
On this anniversary, we honor the memory of those who were lost on September 11. We stand with the families and friends who still feel the pain of loss. And we reaffirm our commitment to never forget.