Although the horror of 9/11 never can be undone, the world can, and does, honor those who died in terrorist attacks on the United States that day, says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights,” Bloomberg said at the memorial service at the new 9/11 memorial at ground zero this morning. “Since then, we've lived in sunshine and in shadow, and although we can never unsee what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost."
Bloomberg also addressed the issue during an appearance on “Face the Nation” on CBS today, saying: “New York is probably the safest city in the world. We have 1,000 cops dedicated just to intelligence and counterterrorism. We have more Urdu and Pashtu speakers than the CIA and the FBI put together. We have 3,000 cameras. We have all sorts of stuff. We spend $8.5 billion a year on our police department alone. And then, there are other people that help as well.”
They have “stopped a lot of terrorist attacks” over the past decade Bloomberg said.
Memorable quotes from others marking the day:
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- "I haven't stopped missing my dad. He was awesome . . . I wish my dad had been there to teach me how to drive, ask a girl out on a date, and see me graduate from high school and a hundred other things I can't even begin to name . . . I hope that I can make my father proud of the young men that my brother and I have become." — Peter Negron, whose father, Pete, died in the World Trade Center, speaking at the memorial service in New York.
- "Moira sacrificed all that she had and all the richness of life that still lay in front of her in order to save just one more person. Moira was killed when the south tower collapsed ... Today we choose to remember and share the joy Moira brought to all of us, and we vow that she will always live in our hearts." — Retired New York Police officer James Smith, whose wife, New York Police officer Moira Smith, was killed on 9/11, speaking in New York.
- "So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart." — Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, "The Names," read by former New York Gov. George Pataki at the 9/11 service in New York City.
- "In the decade since the 2001 attacks on the United States, terrorists have succeeded only in the murder of innocents, often from among those they claim to represent. Al-Qaida is now weaker than at any time in the decade since 9/11 — and political progress through peaceful protest in the Middle East and North Africa has shown it to be increasingly irrelevant to the future. The true expression of what people in the Muslim world aspire to was seen not at Ground Zero in 2001, but in squares and streets across the Middle East and North Africa this year. So while we remember the victims of 9/11, stand firm with our allies and remain tirelessly vigilant against future threats, we also face the future with confidence in our values and faith in human nature." — Statement from British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
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