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Pete Lopez
NYS Assembly - 102nd

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Reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9-11

Bridget and I were honored to join the people of Saugerties in two cermonies to offer reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9-11.

All of us know that on the day of the attack and for days and weeks afterwards, we witnessed and learned about the endless heroic deeds of firefighters, police, EMS, military and everyday people who rushed in to search for the missing and save lives, even at their own personal risk.

Here are some of my reflections:

Fifteen years later, we must acknowledge that sorrow, healing and reilience are equally shared as we remember this day.   

We acknowledge the pain and sacrifice of 9-11 and the many acts of terrorism that the world has suffered since that day.

We know that, together, we must rise from the ashes of this and other catstrophic events to stand united in the face of hatred.

We must acknowledge our shared mission to protect life and liberty so that no one will have to live in fear.

Even as we stand vigiliant, we also know that we must also use our strength to work for peace...To find a way to heal the divisions that separate us, and promote freedom in a world torn by strife and aggression .

It was once said that "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Instead of feeding hatred, we must replace any hatred or thoughts of revenge with resolve...Dedicating our collective passion, energy and intelligence to free this world of hatred and fear.

May this day carry a message of wholeness and redemption…For us and our world.

May God bless our many heroes and lost loved ones and their families.

May God forever bless and preserve this great nation as a continued beacon of freedom and peace.
 
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