NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
On September 11, nineteen years ago, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes headed toward the west coast and in less than two hours, a total of 2,977 people were killed at the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon and in a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania in the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil since the Pearl Harbor bombing that launched the U.S. into World War II.
Since that fateful day in 2001, millions of America’s young men and women volunteered to respond to those attacks and defend what’s best about America – our freedoms, our values, and our way of life. One of the young men who joined the Marine Corps as a result of the September 11 attacks was Marine Corporal James Vigiano with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Jimmy was just six years-old when he lost his Father, an NYPD police detective, and Uncle, a FDNY firefighter in the September 11 attacks on the New York City World Trade Center. After college, he joined the Corps to honor his Father and initially served aboard the USS New York, a ship made with 24 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. Corporal Vigiano is just one story of resiliency, valor and commitment.
Patriot Day, the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, is a National Day of Service and Remembrance — when Americans are asked to join together in unity, remember those lost on September 11, and where possible, perform good deeds or other acts of service as a positive tribute to the 9/11 victims, as well as first responders and military personnel who responded to the attacks. We will always be grateful for those heroic men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty that day, as well as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fought in defense of our country in the aftermath of the largest terrorist attack on American soil.
Nineteen years ago, we made a commitment that we would never forget. I ask each of you to join me in a moment of silence on September 11, 2020 at 8:46 a.m. to remember and honor those we lost.
Teammates, thank you for your service, your resiliency and your continued commitment to our mission and the men and women we support.