In Monticello and Mahopac, the Secretary spoke about the need to honor the memory of those whose lives were cut short on that tragic day ten years ago. He also encouraged us to ensure that future generations are made aware of both the tragedy that evil brought upon us that day, as well as the strength, unity and courage our fellow New Yorkers showed in the face of that evil.
He presented artifacts to each location, a crushed vehicle panel door from FDNY squad 18 in Monticello, and a fragment from the World Trade Center in Mahopac. Each artifact was a reminder that amid all the chaos and destruction, we will always have hope and comfort in knowing New Yorkers will come together during moments when our faith is given the ultimate test.
“This week, New Yorkers from all regions, races and religions are united by a common purpose,” Secretary Perales expressed. “We must remember that 9-11 was an attack on the principles of our democracy, a threat to our way of life, and a test of our resolve to co-exist in a free and tolerant society. Those who challenged our freedom underestimated the true strength of Americans. We will never allow the bonds that unite us to be broken by those whose hearts are filled with hatred.”
Each location will remain open until the end of September. All will be open on Sunday, September 11th.