As we come upon the 22nd anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, we extend our love and support to survivors, families of those who lost their lives, and heroes of that fateful day. We remember their bravery, sacrifices, and messages of hope through powerful 9/11 quotes.
While we can’t reverse the occurrences at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, we can choose to focus on the goodness that came out of such tragedy. Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and politicians all came together to check on loved ones, support them in grief, and lend a helping hand to those in need. That is the country we strive to be — on the anniversary of September 11th and always.
Whether you saw the events firsthand, lost a loved one, jumped to aid in support, or simply grieved along with those affected, these honoring 9/11 quotes are a great way to reflect and remember the events of that day. Many of the uplifting messages that follow are still true today, such as the words of Queen Elizabeth II and Sandy Dahl, the wife of the pilot of United Flight 93. So read through these quotes, sit with their messages, and check on your loved ones.
Former President George W. Bush
“We have seen the state of our union in the endurance of rescuers working past exhaustion. We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.”
Frank Razzano, 9/11 Survivor
“We got buried under more rubble, and I remember saying to myself, you can't be lucky enough to survive it twice. And I started to pray. When the thing settled down, and the rubble stopped piling up on top of us, I was still alive.”
Bob Swierupski, 9/11 Survivor
“I was walking in the street right next to the firemen going directly into the area from which everyone else was evacuating. I could see the fearless intensity in their faces. They were going to put out the fire and save lives.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.”
Former President Barack Obama
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
“Remember the hours after September 11 when we came together as one! It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.”
Stanley Praimnath, 9/11 survivor
“I still have the shoes I wore to work that day. The soles are melted, and they’re caked in ash. I keep them in a shoebox with the word ‘deliverance’ written all around it. They’re kind of like my ark, a reminder of God’s presence and the life I owe to him.”
Sandy Dahl, wife of United Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short, and there is no time for hate.”
Former President George W. Bush
“These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve."
Michael Hingson, 9/11 survivor
"I may never know the answers to the questions that plagued me after 9/11. But I know if we lean on God and each other, we will be guided to a better, brighter future."
Former New York Governor George Pataki
“On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood, all Americans became New Yorkers.”
Jeff Parness, founder of New York Says Thank You
"When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12."
Robert Reeg, former FDNY firefighter
“It’s the nature of the world that most people have moved on, but the people directly involved with 9/11, for them, twice a day it’s 9/11.”
President Joe Biden
“The devastating punch we took on September 11 still reverberates throughout American society.”
Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
“We will win this struggle — not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace… so help us God.”
John Madden, former NFL coach
“I was in New York on September 11 when those planes hit the World Trade Center. At the time, it seemed like it was a local thing. But three or four days later, by the time we drove across the country in the bus, we realized it wasn’t a local thing. You could really feel the states become united. We became the United States of America.”
Genelle Guzman-McMillan, 9/11 survivor
“On September 11, I always take the day off. I want to be in a peaceful, quiet place praying. It is a day I both mourn and celebrate.”
Corinne Sullivan is an Editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers a variety of beats, including lifestyle, entertainment, relationships, shopping, and more. She can tell you everything you need to know about the love lives of A-listers, the coziest bedsheets, and the sex toys actually worth your $$$. She is also the author of the 2018 novel Indecent. Follow her on Instagram for cute pics of her pup and bébé.
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