Annapolis, Md. (September 11, 2011) – Comptroller Peter Franchot today released the following statement on the tenth anniversary of September 11.
“As we mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I would respectfully ask Marylanders to memorialize those whose lives were lost on that terrible day, and honor their families, through remembrance, prayer and public service.
While we certainly cannot erase the terrible images of that day from our collective memory, we must also reflect upon the heroism displayed ten years ago by first responders and everyday Americans in Lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Their selfless courage in the face of terror and heartbreak inspired the American people, and reminded the world of what makes the United States truly exceptional among nations.
I encourage my fellow Marylanders to participate in one of the many memorial activities planned for today or in the following days. Residents can also mark 9-11 by supporting their local communities. The simple task of volunteering in an area school, serving a meal at a homeless shelter or visiting a disabled veteran honors the courage of our nation’s heroes and those who lost their lives.
Amongst the backdrop of great tragedy, Americans came together and demonstrated our country’s spirit and core values of determination, resilience and compassion. I appeal to all Marylanders to sustain those values as a way to honor all who were affected.”