WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today marked the 11th anniversary of the tragic September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans – including District residents – with the statement below:
“Today, I ask District residents to pause to remember those whom we lost – including several of our own fellow residents, among them a group of D.C. Public Schools students and educators – in the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those loved ones they left behind, who feel their loss especially acutely on this anniversary.
I also ask District residents to take time today to reflect on the sacrifices that our first responders and military personnel make every day, performing the difficult and dangerous work of keeping us safe. This is especially true of the many District firefighters and police officers who, by virtue of serving in the nation’s capital, have a special role in protecting our nation’s elected officials, federal buildings, scores of visitors and District residents. This is also particularly true of the District residents who fight under our nation’s flag for democracy around the world even though we do not enjoy voting representation here at home.
Today, I salute these brave members of the armed forces, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.”