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For most Americans, September 11 is a moment in history when the world as we knew it changed forever. It is fitting that every year on September 11, Americans join together to honor the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died that day. Although 20 years have passed, most of us can remember the exact moment when we heard the tragic news.  More importantly, we remember how we responded.

 

On September 11, 2001, we were united as one and remember how ordinary people reacted with extraordinary heroism, when without notice, they were put up against a common threat to our country.  Ordinary Americans chose duty in the face of death and continued to help even as the buildings were collapsing around them.  Friends and colleagues overcame the sense of danger as the New York City firefighters and NYPD searched tirelessly for their own.  People sacrificed their lives for the good of strangers, as the passengers on Flight 93 refused to allow the hijackers to succeed.

 

Today is a continuation of that healing process that began for all of us on September 12th.  Our continued work in healthcare helps honor those who were injured and remember those who lost their lives.  We cannot bring back the lives lost that day or undo the detrimental impacts still felt by many, but we can honor them by remembering that even on our darkest day we are always stronger together.

 

As healthcare workers, we understand the consequences of traumatic life events and know that healing takes longer as a result of events that are beyond our control.  Now, 20 years after the devastating September 11th attacks, we continue to honor those lost and celebrate our colleagues who are first responders and served in the military.  Because of their selfless sacrifice, we will forever remain inspired by their courage, strength, and commitment to service.