Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and the second annual National Day of Service:
"September 11, 2001, was a day that shocked the world. More than a decade later, the horrific images from that terrible morning continue to evoke anger and heartache.
As we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent people - including 24 Canadians - who were killed, and mourn with the countless others who lost loved ones, we also honour the incredible acts of courage and sacrifice of those who responded to the calls for help of those in need. From the police officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel who risked or gave their lives to help others, to the small community in Gander, Newfoundland, which welcomed thousands of diverted air passengers into their homes, Canadians and Americans alike demonstrated unwavering resolve and compassion in the face of adversity.
While the grotesque events of 9/11 remind us that we are not impervious to the threat of terrorism and that we must remain vigilant, they also remind us of the power and resilience of the human spirit and of the feats that we can accomplish together.
This is why our Government last year declared September 11 as a National Day of Service - a day for Canadians to reflect upon the past and to honour all of our country's heroes, including first responders and members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who give so much of themselves for their fellow citizens.
On this occasion, it is my hope that all Canadians will be inspired to once again show their friends, family and neighbours, the same warmth and compassion to which we were witness on this tragic day 11 years ago."