Remembering all those who serve our community
As we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we would like to take a moment to commemorate and give thanks to all those who serve our country and our community.
On Sept. 11, 2001, some of America's finest heroes reminded us what true selfless service looks like -- from the police and firemen who ran in to burning buildings to the citizens who sacrificed themselves to protect our capital. Our first responders and fellow Americans demonstrated the truest form a sacrifice, patriotism, and caring.
But we'd like to also ask that we remember the other "first responders" who have helped our country heal and move forward. I'd like to thank all of the human service professionals and other caregivers across the country to have brought relief, comfort, and empowerment to the countless survivors, friends, and family of those who suffered such profound loss that day.
Even 11 years later, our country still faces immense sorrow. There are survivors who are still recovering from PTSD and other effects of what they saw that day, and many friends and family still grieve and struggle to carry on in the wake of the indescribable loss.
And now, as we continue to bring home the troops who have fought for peace and justice in wake of those attacks, human service professional are working to help ease the transition back to civilian life, providing important supports to those who suffered traumatic brain injury, and helping soldiers recover from the mental and emotional scars left by war.
Once again, thank you to all of our first responders -- both those who sacrificed so much this day 11 years ago and all those who have helped us heal and move forward since then.