Remembering September 11, 2001
On September 11, 2001, Americans and all peace-loving citizens of the world were introduced to sudden and unprecedented violence.
Although the full horror of that morning would take weeks to materialize, across the continent events unfolded in a matter of hours that would forever change the meaning of "neighbour" above and below the 49th Parallel.
Over 200 planes were diverted to Canada. 38 jets with 7,000 passengers and crew became the "guests" of tiny hamlets in Newfoundland and Labrador, and several cities throughout Canada. Frightened and weary travelers found a "safe harbour" far away from home.
Canada and the United States were connected through grief and generosity with values and commitments. We were brought together by tragedy, bound by friendship and compassion. It was - and is - a friendship of profound depth; a friendship between two great nations - Canada and the United States - and it renewed and reaffirmed the crucible of the worst terrorist attack in history.
Canadians responded because the attack was an offence against the values of freedom, tolerance and respect for cultural diversity that are the cornerstones of our nations. We responded because we intuitively understood that this was an assault not just on the United States, but against all civilized peoples and nations. Those who attacked the United States attacked our sacred and deepest ideals, the very essence of who we are. But above all, we responded out of common human decency.
In 1961, John Kennedy said:
"Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies."
Today, we remember with reverence the 26 Canadians who were among the 2,996 precious lives lost on this day 19 years ago. Canada and the United States must continue to be steadfast and unwavering in standing together to protect our shared values of freedom, democracy and liberty against those who wish to destroy us.
God bless Canada and God bless the United States of America.
(Speech given by Valerie Price at the Pentagon, September 8, 2016)
TWO UPLIFTING STORIES OF 9/11
9/11: Operation Yellow Ribbon (Gander, Newfoundland) with Tom Brokaw
This is the story of one small town which did not get the attention that it so deserved in the chaotic aftermath of 911. In so many ways it symbolized the grace and the unselfish spirit of this very generous nation.
Boatlift - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience
Narrated by Tom Hanks, it tells the extraordinary story of the great boat lift of 9/11 which became the greatest sea evacuation in history. Nearly 500,000 people were rescued from Manhattan. It took less than 9 hours.
The Budweiser Clydesdale's bow in tribute