From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today will recognize the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by attending an annual commemoration event hosted by Albuquerque Fire and Rescue.
The governor also issued the following statement:
“This harrowing anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the heroism and sacrifice of first responders in every community. I encourage New Mexicans to pause today to feel and convey gratitude in whatever form feels appropriate or is available to you.
“A generosity of spirit, of grace, is important on somber days like these. As a nation, we have experienced almost two years of ongoing heartbreak, anxiety and tragedy in communities across our state and nation. As we did in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, throughout this crisis we have stepped up to look out for our neighbors, to love one another, to remember and be strengthened by the shared sacrifice we have made to protect what we love.
“ I am heartened by that memory of community and unity in the midst of great struggle and loss.
“Today I pray for the first responders who protect us, including those in the health care workforce who continue to go above and beyond to help New Mexicans in need; I pray for the brave firefighters protecting communities and battling wildfires throughout the West; and I pray that all New Mexicans can access the grace of gratitude for those who, 20 years ago today and every day since, have put their lives on the line for all of us.”