Nineteen years ago, we witnessed the horrific events of September 11, 2001 that stole the lives of 2,977 innocent people in just 124 minutes, including 147 residents of Monmouth County. We promised that day to never forget the victims of the terrorist attacks and those who perished as they assisted others. However, we didn’t fully realize at the time that the tragedy of these events didn’t end that day. Earlier this year, the number of people who have died due to 9/11-related illnesses surpassed the number killed on that tragic day. The number of NYPD officers who have died due to 9/11-related illnesses has now exceeded the number who died on that day by more than 10 times. Just this week, the FDNY added 27 new names to the memorial wall. So, as we go about our busy day, please pause to remember our family, friends, and neighbors who died as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Let us also commit to educating current and future generations so that these events and the suffering that continues today will never be forgotten.
David Stout, Ph.D.
Brookdale Community College