The effects of September 11, 2001 still reverberate across the globe. The grief, pain and impact on the souls of those who lost friends and family is almost impossible to fathom and has continued to impact lives and families.
On that fateful morning, many of us were just beginning our day. We woke up and flipped on the morning news to be shocked and horrified by the image on our television screens. Everything was playing out live. We listened in shock as phone calls from passengers on board the hijacked planes told their stories and said good bye to their families. So much of that day will be a mix of grief, sorrow, fear and anger.
As horrible as 9-11 was, it reminded many of us what made this country great! Feelings of pride and unity rose from the flames that day. We witnessed many heroic acts as ordinary citizens went above and beyond the call of duty to help strangers. Since then, buildings have been repaired and rebuilt, memorials have been erected to help us remember. Advancements in transportation security have improved. National security protocols have been established and improved upon.
So as we near the 16th anniversary of these attacks, we are reminded once again of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. We remember the individuals whose bravery and self-sacrifice saved countless others. We remember that it was not just Americans who were killed in the attack, but citizens from more than 80 nations including Japan, Ireland, England, Switzerland, Mexico, India, Canada, and New Zealand.
"Time is passing. Yet for America, there will be no forgetting September 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. Every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children." -- President, George W. Bush November 11, 2001
JOIN US AT THE GILA BEND 9-11 MEMORIAL PARK FOR A REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY - 9:05AM ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Eric Landau
Mr. Landau was native New Yorker. He has resided in Arizona for the last 18 years. A former Army Officer, Mr. Landau is now retired from a career in 2-way Radio Telcom services. He is also a seasoned bagpiper having been the Pipe Major for the Mesa Fire Dept. Honor Guard Pipes and Drums for the last 10 years, and also serves as the bagpiper for the Army's Arizona Recruiting Battalion and for numerous area Police Departments (he will be performing on his bagpipes at the ceremony). Mr. Landau previously served as the County Emergency Management Communications Officer for Long Island.
16 years ago, Mr. Landau was in New York on business when he inadvertently ended up being Arizona's initial 9-11 First Responder. He will recount his story entitled, Witness to Disaster.