This morning I had the honor of participating in our city’s September 11 memorial ceremony, along with members of our Long Beach Police and Long Beach Fire departments. We took a few moments to remember all the lives lost 14 years ago today, and to pay special tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, here in Long Beach and all across the country.
September 11 will always be a day to remember and honor the people who risk their lives to keep us safe and free. Our nation’s police officers, fire fighters, and of course the members of our military represent the highest level of service and patriotism. We owe them our gratitude and respect, and today especially I want to make sure they all know how much we appreciate their sacrifices, bravery, and dedication.
As an educator, I can’t help thinking of all the students now entering high school who only know about September 11 through stories, media reports and history books. These young people did not live through that awful day, but they are growing up in its aftermath. It’s important that they not only learn the history and meaning of that day, but also recognize the service and sacrifice of our police officers, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.
I’m proud that our city has some of the best police and fire fighters anywhere, and on behalf of the city, I thank them. I also want to thank all the service members and veterans in Long Beach who have served our country. You are truly the best of the best.
May September 11 always remind us of our strength, our unity, and our freedom.