September 11th 10 Years Later: Honoring Victims and Survivors

Posted on: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Keywords: Safe Horizon, September 11, September 11 messages, Office of Victim Services, New York Office of Victim Services, American Red Cross in Greater New York, Safe Horizon September 11

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On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 lives were taken at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The lives of many others who attended school, worked, or resided nearby were violently disrupted. In the minutes, days and years since it became known that terrorists targeted American civilians, the survivors, families and friends of those injured or killed and others have suffered immeasurable fear, pain and loss.

Immediately following the attacks, the New York State Office of Victim Services (formerly the New York State Crime Victims Board), Safe Horizon, American Red Cross in Greater New York, United Way of New York City and many others worked to meet the myriad needs of innocent victims. At this solemn anniversary we reverently recall our response and remember lives lost and those forever changed.

We join together to pay tribute to the heroic first responders and rescuers, the subsequent teams who traveled to New York City to assist and the clean-up crews who labored many weeks and months thereafter.

We humbly recognize the commitment of employees and volunteers of our agencies who competently and compassionately served 9/11 victims who were in the midst of suffering the emotionally devastating impact of human cruelty. Our agencies build upon this shared history as we strive to meet diverse missions.  It is our hope that information and resources posted to our respective websites may continue to provide encouragement, help, and healing to survivors of 9/11.

We honor the generosity of individuals and businesses, the spirit of unity and perseverance displayed by the public and the unprecedented expansion of government resources that prevailed.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists no doubt meant to craft a story of destruction, but determined effort, good will and indelible memories has transformed their plot into a narrative of survival: a living memorial that continues to rise. 

Tina Stafford Ariel Zwang Luis Avila 
DirectorChief Executive OfficerDisaster Officer
New York State Office of Victim ServicesSafe HorizonAmerican Red Cross in Greater New York

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