September 11, 2002
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG'S STATEMENT
ON FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACKS
"On a clear September morning one year ago, New Yorkers started their daily routines - at home, at work, and at school.
"But at 8:46 a.m. last September 11th, that serenity was shattered by a devastating and despicable attack on the World Trade Center. This act of terror took 2,801 lives: New Yorkers; Americans; and innocent people from countries throughout the world. And without the courage and sacrifice of our firefighters, police officers and emergency workers, who bravely gave their lives in the largest and most successful rescue operation in history, the toll would have been even greater.
"None of us who lived through that day will ever forget our shock, outrage and the aching loss of so many of our friends and loved ones. We were also left with the painful realization that we were now living on the front lines of a war, and that our very way of life was under assault.
"But over the last year, we have not allowed terrorism to destroy our freedom. Anyone who has visited our City has sensed our indomitable spirit of determination and the refusal to let fear rule our lives. There is no better evidence that the terrorists have not - and will never - win.
"One year later, we are more united than ever, and more committed to defending the liberty that sustains our city, our nation, and freedom-loving people throughout the world. We will never forget those we lost. We will rebuild a city that is worthy of their memory. And we will ensure that New York City continues to be a beacon of freedom and opportunity for people all over the world."
Skyler / Megan Sheekey