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September 11, 2001 is forever marked in history as a time of heartfelt pain and tragedy for America.
Nearly 3,000 Americans perished in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on that Tuesday morning.
Among the victims of the horrific 9/11 attacks were hundreds of first responders rushing to the rescue in New York City, and 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, killed in the attack on the Pentagon. It was the greatest loss of life among jurisdictions in our region.
As we commemorate the 18th Anniversary of these deadly attacks, we join with fellow citizens to remember each life sacrificed on 9/11; recommit to fighting terrorism and injustice; and embrace acts of service and volunteerism that strengthen the resolve of our nation and communities.
We remain grateful for the ultimate sacrifice of courageous first responders. Even as they recall the terrible losses among their own ranks on 9/11, these brave men and women remain at the highest state of readiness, continuing to risk it all for our protection. We honor their heroism, and are heartened by the news that they will now receive the health benefits they deserve.
We encourage residents to consider events planned to memorialize this solemn anniversary. The 2019 National Capital Region 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb & 5K Walk, hosted by the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, will be held Saturday, September 14th, from 6:00 a.m. to noon.
Located near the entrance of the Bladensburg Waterfront Park and Peace Cross, residents can also visit the County’s 9/11 Memorial Park, dedicated on Sept. 11, 2006, and honoring the memory of 9/11 victims.
Please join the Council in a moment of silent remembrance of the lives lost, and the lives forever changed 18 years ago on September 11, 2001.
We will never forget.