September 11, 2011
By Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Ten years ago today, 143 Bronxites were among those building employees, first responders and others who perished in the terrorist attacks that struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Today I join together with all 1.4 million residents of our borough to mourn their loss and offer comfort to their families.
I am thankful that the memorial at the former site of the World Trade Center has been completed. It is my hope, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, that this memorial’s completion will help bring some level of closure to the families of the victims of these attacks.
“In the ten years that have passed since 9/11, we have seen many changes in our City, our nation, and in fact across the world. But one thing that has remained true for the past decade is that we are united as Americans. We may disagree on a variety of issues, but the one bond that holds us together is that we are all part of the same American family. That was true in the weeks and months following 9/11, and that remains just as true today.
On this solemn occasion, I offer my condolences, as well as those of all Bronx residents, to the families of the victims of 9/11.
Note: The official 9/11 memorial service of the Bronx will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Lou Gehrig Plaza (corner of Grand Concourse and East 161st Street) at noon. The event will be followed by refreshments in the Veterans’ Memorial Hall of the Bronx County Building
(851 Grand Concourse at East 161st Street).