As we mark another year after the devastating 9/11 attacks,these questions always arise: How do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? How do we live up to their example? And how do we keep their spirit alive in our hearts?
As your Commissioner, several years ago I set out toensure that the history of the women and men at DOC who assisted in the rescue, recovery and support efforts after September 11th was known. And recognized.
Hundreds of DOC Members of Service (MOS) unselfishly answered the call during that critical time, and since then we have lost nearly 20 MOS due to 9/11 related illnesses and more than 65 of our Boldest brothers and sisters are currently suffering from illnesses related to toxins from Ground Zero, that we are aware of.
So today, it is with great reverence, honor, and privilege to be able to pay tribute to you all with the dedication of this 9/11 monument.
We at DOC remember and will never forget your courage.
We at DOC remember and will never forget your strength.
We at DOC remember and will never forget your commitment to New York City and our nation.
Without hesitation, you stepped forward to serve during those incredibly challenging times and this monument will serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifices you made.
And when we have a new location for our Academy, the monument will be relocated for all staff and for all the world to see, we were there.
To everyone who assisted and to all the people we have lost, we honor and Thank you.
And without further ado, I present to you our 9/11 Monument.