Eleven years later

The Prime Minister’s statement on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

“September 11, 2001, was a day that shocked the world. More than a decade later, the horrific images from that terrible morning continue to evoke anger and heartache.

“As we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent people – including 24 Canadians – who were killed, and mourn with the countless others who lost loved ones, we also honour the incredible acts of courage and sacrifice of those who responded to the calls for help of those in need. From the police officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel who risked or gave their lives to help others, to the small community in Gander, Newfoundland, which welcomed thousands of diverted air passengers into their homes, Canadians and Americans alike demonstrated unwavering resolve and compassion in the face of adversity.

“While the grotesque events of 9/11 remind us that we are not impervious to the threat of terrorism and that we must remain vigilant, they also remind us of the power and resilience of the human spirit and of the feats that we can accomplish together.

“This is why our Government last year declared September 11 as a National Day of Service – a day for Canadians to reflect upon the past and to honour all of our country’s heroes, including first responders and members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who give so much of themselves for their fellow citizens.

“On this occasion, it is my hope that all Canadians will be inspired to once again show their friends, family and neighbours, the same warmth and compassion to which we were witness on this tragic day 11 years ago.”

And a statement from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

It is with great sadness that we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the innocent victims of these attacks, including 24 Canadians. Our thoughts are with all those who lost a loved one that day.

We salute the courage and determination of the first responders and acknowledge the compassion of those who extended a hand to our American neighbours in these tragic circumstances.

This sad anniversary reminds us how important it is to continue our efforts to create a better world where tolerance and solidarity triumph over hatred and division.

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