Eight years later

Stephen Harper’s statement today on the anniversary of 9/11.

Eight years on, the memory of that awful morning in New York and Washington continues to evoke horror and sorrow.  Today we remember the lives that were shattered through those atrocities.  We still grieve for the innocent men, women and children aboard the doomed airplanes and we still mourn the thousands who perished in the collapse of the Twin Towers and in the fires at the Pentagon.

We honour not only those who perished on that day, but also the great sacrifices made by those determined to prevent such a dark day from ever recurring.

The attacks in New York and Washington revealed a truth we had all sensed, but were loath to admit: that terrorism is not something that happens somewhere else, to someone else.  The 24 Canadians killed on 9/11 are a reminder that it can happen to us.

9/11 was a day of hate.  Today we weep, we mourn and we reflect.

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