MILWAUKEE, WI – Today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans and remains the deadliest foreign terror attack on American soil. The following is the statement of Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley in observation of the 20th anniversary:
“It has been twenty years since the attacks on September 11th, 2001. We’ll never forget the horrific images and sounds of that day which would change our nation forever. Today, we honor the lives lost, the survivors, the friends and family members, the first responders, and all those who’ve dedicated their lives to serving us all since that tragic day.
“It was one of the worst days we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us as we came together in a time of tragedy. The fear that gripped the nation did not win, instead Americans came together and helped one another grieve, mourn, cope, and ultimately move forward.
“When we lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. That is the lesson of 9/11 we must remember today as we continue to face challenges all around us. We’re still working every day to combat the pandemic. At the same time, we’re committed to our long-term goals of achieving racial equity and improving the health of county residents through our strategic plan. The lesson of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history is in the days that followed, when we realized that unity is our greatest strength and that when work together, anything is possible.
“Today, we remember the lives lost on September 11, and we remember how our nation rallied together to move forward and re-build what was destroyed. We’ll never forget the sights and sounds of the attacks on that day, but it is just as important to remember the unity that transpired in the days that followed. We rebuilt in the wake of unprecedented tragedy, drawing on that strength and resilience is how we’ll move forward and build back better than ever before.”