September 11, 2020
It is always so sad writing today’s date: September 11th. It brings back the tragedy of that fateful day and the despicable mass murders of thousands of innocent Americans. For me, it conjures the painful memory of watching the disaster in New York unfold before my eyes and listening to the events in Washington and Pennsylvania. The horrific deeds ended so many beautiful lives and changed the course of countless others. It propelled us into a war that continues to put American military members at risk every day.
For a few months following the attacks, the country was unified in our shock and grief. Nineteen years later Americans continue to mourn those lost and grieve with those that suffered losses. As we reflect on those days, perhaps we can take time to consider that our differences may not be as strong as our bonds. Perhaps doing so could be a legacy we could provide to those who died from the attacks on September 11th.
Thank you and stay safe.
Lawrence J. Montreuil
Mayor, Village of New Hyde Park