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September 11, 2011


Statement of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

"On this important day of remembrance, our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones on the tragic date of September 11th, 2001. Ten years later, the memory of that horrific event in American history continues to impact our lives in ways both large and small.

The most enduring lesson that I hope we can all take from that terrible day is not about human beings’ capacity for evil – it is our extraordinary capacity for good. Ten years ago, in the face of unthinkable catastrophe, America stood tall and true. Out of the worst of human nature sprang the best. 

Firefighters, police officers and emergency responders ran up the tower stairs as others were running down. Coworkers helped each other down stairwells through choking smoke. Volunteers flooded in from across the state and nation to dig through the rubble for signs of life. Men and women of every background came together to do something, anything, to help.

While our nation often celebrates individualism, the enduring story of 9-11 is just the opposite – it affirmed our ability to join together, especially in the most difficult and dangerous circumstances – to take care of one another.”   

We will never forget the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that ended on that fateful day. The 9-11 memorial site at the World Trade Center site is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who we lost."

- New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli


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