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Steve Labate Remembering 9/11

Sat, Sep 10, 2011

9/11 Remembrance, Nassau, Suffolk

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As we commemorate the 10th anniversary on Sunday of the September 11 terrorist attacks on our nation, we honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent men, women and children who lost their lives on that horrific day – in lower

Steve Labate

Manhattan, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pa.

We pause to remember, as well, the devastating loss and enduring grief of the 1,600 who lost a spouse or partner, the more than 3,000 children who lost a parent, and all others whose searing pain remains with them to this day over family members, friends, colleagues and other loved ones lost or injured.

All Americans will forever owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the firefighters, paramedics, police officers, emergency personnel and other first responders who came to rescue those trapped and injured at Ground Zero. Many hundreds of those brave souls lost their lives or suffered debilitating injuries. A grateful nation pays heartfelt tribute this weekend to their selflessness and love for their country and fellow citizens. We will never forget their sacrifice.

The shock, horror, and disbelief of that tragic day may have receded, for some, with the passage of time, but what has not changed is that the threat to our homeland from foreign enemies is real and continues. The courageous men and women serving in our armed forces overseas, who are taking the fight to Al-Qaeda, are in the vanguard in protecting our national security and the precious American freedoms that we all hold dear. Our law enforcement and intelligence agencies have remained steadfast and vigilant, as well, in their mission to root out threats at home. To all of them, we owe our unbounded respect, thanks, and appreciation.

Steve Labate
U.S. Congressional candidate
2nd – CD

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