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Posted on: September 10, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Ward's 911 Anniversary Message


Bristol, CT, September 10, 2012 - September 11, 2001 forever changed our world.

Just as December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor Day – defined a generation, September 11 has indelibly shaped who we are, how we live our daily lives and what we believe in.

But unlike Pearl Harbor, in which one nation attacked a military base, this time an organization of terrorists, not operating under the flag of any one nation, attacked thousands of unsuspecting innocent men and women.

These victims held no ill will towards others. They did not subscribe to religious doctrine centered on the destruction of those different from them. They were merely going about their daily routine on a Tuesday morning – working hard to provide for their families and to build the life they dreamed would be the result of their hard work.

The attacks on the morning of September 11 provided us with an ugly, painful reminder of the hatred and evil - the rage and resentment - which resides in the hearts of some.

No words, no ceremony, no plaques or stones will ever replace the losses felt on that infamous morning.

Our American spirit is defined by our ability to move forward in the aftermath of overwhelming loss, even when it seems easier to quit.

Our American spirit is defined by our ability to rebuild -- stronger and more united in purpose – and our history as a nation is testimony to that.

May we forever keep in our hearts and minds the pain and anguish suffered on September 11, 2001 - and the hope and strength that drives us, as citizens of the United States of America to endure, heal and preserve the right to freedom.

Mayor Arthur J. Ward
City of Bristol

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