19 years ago, our world was forever altered. The coordinated terrorist attacks on our country killed nearly 3,000 innocent people. Almost 700 of them were New Jersey residents.
September 11, 2001 changed our way of life but fostered a sense of unity and a shared resilience. We continue to mourn the victims and honor those who ran toward the danger, many of whom perished because of their heroism.Our country will always owe them a debt of gratitude.
We are especially grateful for the sacrifices that first responders, law enforcement, and medical workers made 19 years ago and continue to make today as we battle the ongoing pandemic.
Almost two decades since that harrowing day, the number of deaths due to 9/11-related illnesses continue to grow. According to the World Trade Center Health Program, 3,496 deaths have been attributed to a variety of illnesses related to the attack's aftermath; additionally, COVID-19 has taken an even greater toll on survivors and first responders. It has been reported that at least 42 of them have died due to complications from the virus.
This evening and this weekend, as we reflect on the day that changed everything, let us also remember the strength, solidarity, and hope we have gained over the last 19 years.