WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- James E. Mitchell Jr., President of the National League of Cities and Councilmember from Charlotte, NC, delivered the following message to NLC member cities in regards to the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks:
Dear NLC Family,
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the horrific terror attacks on New York City, Washington, and in the air over Pennsylvania. Everyone can remember with vivid detail what occurred and where they were on that day. It is only fitting that as a nation we set aside the anniversary as a day of remembrance.
This September 11th is set aside to remember the victims and their families in honor of their struggles for the last ten years. Our thoughts are with those who have borne great sorrow and pain, but have also demonstrated the strength of the American spirit by rebuilding their lives after tragedy.
This September 11th has also been designated as a tribute to the brave sacrifices made by first responders ten years ago. The actions of the firefighters and the police on September 11, 2001 were extraordinary. They showed incredible bravery as they tried to save as many lives as possible. But, as extraordinary as these actions were, we see the same attitude play out every day in each of our own cities. We see firefighters, police and other first responders head towards an emergency situation while most everyone else goes in the other direction.
We also must acknowledge the efforts of our armed forces. Since that day in 2001 we have seen men and women in uniform engage in combat in far off regions of the world. They and their families have had to make great personal sacrifice that deserves our respect and support. Few communities have not been touched by young men and women going off and leaving their families behind in order to serve their nation.
As city leaders, and as a nation, we must honor these brave men and women by rededicating ourselves to each of our communities. Too many times we get caught up in parochial concerns rather than focusing on what's important.
It is best to remember 9/11 by following the example of self-sacrifice shown to us by first responders and our armed forces. Going forward, let us as city leaders embrace understanding and collegiality in making our communities better places to live, work and celebrate life.
James E. Mitchell, Jr.
SOURCE National League of Cities