20 years. 2 decades.
It’s hard to believe that the tragic events of 9/11 happened 20 years ago; it feels like just yesterday. What started as a beautiful September day turned to be one of the most horrific and darkest days in our nation’s history. Innocent people left their homes to go to work, to catch a plane, to provide for their loved ones never returned home. We will never forget.
We lost some of our own on this day 20 years ago, Angel Pena and Jon A. Perconti Jr, who we will always remember. We have a hometown hero who selflessly put his life on the line to save another (thank you Glenn Russo). Lodi will never forget.
We remember the fear and uncertainty, but we also remember the unity and resilience. We saw our country come together, responding in ways that showed us at our best despite the pain. From heroic first responders who risked everything to save or recover others, to those inspired to put on a uniform and fight for what they believe, and civilians coming together to help friends and neighbors. Many of us will remember those who lost their lives and remember how we united in the months that followed. Time and time again we’ve proven that we stand stronger together in the face of hardship. We will never forget.