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Sixteen years ago, this nation suffered the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. For most, the date of September 11, 2001 will mean only one thing: the day when terror took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent people.

As many can recall, the routine of everyday life was shattered that Tuesdaymorning. We remember where we were, who we were with, and how we felt when we heard what had happened. No monument, no memorial, no words can adequately reflect the hole that was ripped in our nation and our community on that day.

As we observe the anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, it is important that we honor, remember and pay tribute to all those we lost on that fateful day. It is also important to honor those who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to save another, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the face of this horrific tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attacks and the husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles and best friends they left behind on this somber day of remembrance. We will never forget.

– Councilman Mark Cuthbertson