“Seventeen years ago, New York was changed forever by the attacks of September 11, which killed almost three thousand people. Life could never be the same as before, and it wasn’t.
“But New York recovered, and our recovery spoke volumes about the indomitable human spirit. In the aftermath of the tragedy, neighbors helped each other to get through the difficult first days and we healed together. There were no Republicans or Democrats, and the other distinctions melted away too. If the attackers sought to somehow teach America a lesson in humility, they achieved the opposite result. We were never prouder of being New Yorkers.
“We also knew that it was important to build back strong, and that is exactly what we have done. Four new skyscrapers have been added so far, as well as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to honor those who perished and a transportation hub to rival Grand Central. On Saturday, we reopened the Cortlandt Street subway station. Taken together, it is a reflection of New York’s determination to rise up even stronger, undiminished by 9/11.
“Most of all, we will never forget the individuals and selfless heroes who did not make it home that day. We owe the brave law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical professionals and other first responders who saved so many lives an eternal debt of gratitude, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with those who participated in the response and recovery and who are currently battling 9/11-related illnesses. We also honor the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including the New York National Guard, who protected our freedom then and continue to do so now at home and abroad.
“In New York, will always strive to carry on the legacy of these heroes and continue to serve as a beacon of freedom for the entire world.”