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U.S. Attorney's Office Marks 20th Anniversary of September 11th Terrorist Attacks

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Acting U.S. Attorney encourages public to participate in National Day of Service and Remembrance

BOSTON – On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell, along with the Department of Justice, encourages members of the public to participate in the National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives during, and as a result of, the unprecedented terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

“Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks that cut short the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans and transformed our nation,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Mendell. “Although two decades have now passed, the wounds from that day remain fresh, especially for the families of the victims and for those who responded courageously to the attacks – both in the United States and the men and women in uniform abroad. In remembrance of those killed and injured, first responders and those who continue to defend our nation’s freedom, I invite the public to join me in a day of service. Volunteerism is one small way to honor those we lost that tragic day and continue the spirit of unity and patriotism that this great nation is built upon. Service is also an important way to recognize the many courageous and selfless men and women who have spent the last 20 years defending our freedom and making the world a safer place. Their sacrifices were critical in the continued safety of our country and the world. I hope that you will do your part and join the National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Mendell said, “Standing on the Boston waterfront looking out at Logan Airport is a solemn and powerful reminder of the souls on American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 who departed from Boston bound for Los Angeles. We must continue to honor of the selflessness and bravery of those on the planes, as well as their families, friends and colleagues who we continue to remember and pray for.”    

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Updated September 10, 2021