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September 11th Memorials Remind Us of Sacrifice

Reflections on the 10th anniversary of September 11th.

As the 10th anniversary 9/11 memorial services begin to come to a close, we are all once again reminded of the day our nation came under an unjustifiable attack by terrorists.

I hope everyone took some time this past weekend to honor the lives that were lost and sacrifices made.

As I attended services across the East End, I was reminded of the firefighters, police officers, emergency service worker and volunteers who risked and gave their lives to rescue people they didn’t even know. I was reminded of the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors who lost their lives. But most importantly, I was reminded of the acts of selflessness, heroism and strength of my fellow New Yorkers.

I couldn’t help but remember , a Sag Harbor native and my old schoolmate from and Southampton College. Linda lost her life on United Flight 93; her plane had been hijacked by terrorists. I often think of her, our childhood memories and dreams, and her family. It was moving to see communities, families, friends, and strangers unite to pay tribute.

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