Today, on the solemn anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks against our nation on September 11, 2001, the Prince George’s County Council fulfills our sacred obligation to remember.
We honor the thousands of fellow Americans who perished in the fateful events of 9/11, among them 24 Prince Georgians who lived in the communities of Forestville, Temple Hills, Springdale, Camp Springs, Upper Marlboro, University Park, Clinton, Fort Washington, Lanham, Capitol Heights, Landover, Oxon Hill, Forest Heights and New Carrollton. These courageous residents will forever remain in our hearts, and we will always remember their supreme sacrifice and immeasurable contributions to Prince George’s County.
The 9/11 attacks brought forth a dark evil, but the aftermath of this tragedy illuminated the brilliance of good. Selfless first responders, hundreds of whom lost their own lives, demonstrated countless acts of heroism to save others. Strangers responded with care and compassion to those in need. The brave men and women of our American military raced to the frontlines. We all committed to safer, stronger communities.
We also honor the ongoing sacrifice of workers who conducted rescue, recovery and relief efforts, and worked to clear the site in the ensuing cleanup, some to the detriment of their own wellbeing.
There are many ways County residents can recognize the significance of this day, including service that makes a difference in your community, or visiting the 9/11 Memorial Park, located near the entrance of the Bladensburg Waterfront and Peace Cross.
The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will host the 2018 National Capital Region 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb & 5K Walk on Saturday, September 15, 2018, beginning at 6:00 a.m., at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, MD. Participants paying tribute to fallen first responders will walk or climb the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center towers.
We will never forget.