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NYC – Caribbean Elected Honor 9/11 Victims 

The victims of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 were recalled by two Caribbean American senators in New York on Sunday, stating that they will never forget.

As Americans paid tribute to the victims who perished in the tragedy and loved their loved ones, they were joined by New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a Grenadian immigrant and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, chairwoman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and a daughter of Haitian immigrants.

“More than two decades have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, and the memory of that morning and its aftermath, the grief of the families who lost loved ones, remain a permanent part of our city and its people,” Williams noted.

“I pray for healing and peace for New Yorkers mourning the loss of 21 years, for those who have passed in the years since, and for those still suffering illness and injury as a result of the attacks, including the first responders who sacrificed their own safety in service,” he further added.

“New York saw unimaginable loss 21 years ago today, and, in its wake, unimaginable courage and compassion,” William noted. “From collective despair came an environment of collective empathy, of resolve, of support for and from our fellow New Yorkers and our fellow Americans.

“I hope that we still have the capacity to summon that common spirit and direct it toward the common good,” Williams noted. “Recovery means remembering. The collective trauma of this tragedy remains, and we must continue to comfort those in mourning, support those in need, and remember those we lost.”

Williams noted that the pain of September 11 continues to weigh, “heavy on our city and our nation’s minds, our hearts, our history, and so, too, must our sense of strength, solidarity and support.”

A representative for Brooklyn’s 42nd Assembly District Bichotte Hermelyn highlighted that approximately 3,000 people perished when terrorists used airplanes to attack the World Trade Center’s twin buildings in lower Manhattan.

“We still feel the pain, sorrow and loss of Sept. 11th, 2001,” she stated. “The viscous attack was followed by the bravery and courage of first responders and citizens who thought not of themselves but of their fellow citizens as they rushed to danger.

“We mourn also for those lost in the aftermath of the attack—the heroes who selflessly worked at the rescue site only to become sick years later, with far too many passing, and more still to this day,” she further added. “It is our obligation to remember and honor every single American we lost that day, and to also continue to care for those still suffering.

“We must not forget that despite all its horrors, September 11th also revealed the powerful support, unity and bravery displayed by our diverse community that banded together.”

“We will never fully recover from that fateful day, but the resiliency of the American people rebuilt our city and borough back stronger.

“We will continually commemorate this day in our hearts, souls and minds,” she expressed, “We will never forget.”


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