In recognition of the 17th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) joined public officials, first responders and community members in Oak Brook Tuesday morning for a Commemoration Ceremony.
The ceremony was held at the Village of Oak Brook’s Butler Government Center. In addition to remarks delivered by Oak Brook Village President Dr. Gopal Lalalani, Fire Chief Barry Liss and Mazzochi, those in attendance participated in a moment of silence.
In her remarks, Mazzochi paid tribute not only to those who tragically lost their lives, but also to the thousands of heroes who stepped into harm’s way immediately following the initial attack. “Thousands of heroes were created that day. They showed what is special about Americans. That ordinary people do extraordinary things,” said Mazzochi. “That gives us hope and joy. In response to aggression we respond with strength. We raise our flag. Our character is that we will defend our nation against those who would cause us harm.”
The Representative also spoke about the new generation of Americans who have grown up in a post 9/11 world. “They have grown up knowing that there are people who are on earth who hate them just because of who they are,” said Mazzochi. “That is why I am so profoundly grateful for events like today, because they remind us- never forget. Stay vigilant. Protect what we have- a nation committed to an idea: being governed and protected by We, The People.”