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September 10, 2021

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Lauren McKenna Issues Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is an opportunity to remember, reflect and renew our commitment to helping others.

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Lauren P. McKenna today issued the following statement in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

"Twenty years ago Saturday, the world changed forever. Whether still in school or working, we all remember exactly where we were, and the emotions we felt, when we learned of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

What began as a crisp, sun-drenched fall morning full of promise was forever darkened by the evil of terrorism and incomprehensible loss. For several years prior to the attack, I commuted into the World Trade Center for work. It was unimaginable to me to think that those towers and many of the people who worked in them were gone. Yet, amid our collective grief, we were inspired by selfless acts of heroism on the part of first responders and the passengers of Flight 93. We took solace in the renewed feeling of national unity and resolve.

As we mark two decades since those attacks, we remember all of those who lost their lives that day in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as their families and friends. We also recognize that this tragedy caused ripples at home and around the world, resulting in more lives irrevocably altered and lost, including the brave members of our armed forces and the people of Afghanistan.

On September 12, 2001, then Chancellor Carl S. Primavera urged our community to respond to the unspeakable evil of the attacks by finding ways to do good in the world. That is what I ask of you now: Take this day, this weekend, not just to mourn those we have lost, but to find ways to give back to our city, our nation and our world. A great way to start is by visiting the resource pages set up by our partners at HIAS Pennsylvania, the Nationalities Service Center and the City of Philadelphia for helping Afghan refugees who are arriving in Philadelphia to start new lives in the United States following our military withdrawal. I also encourage you seek out resources for helping victims of Hurricane Ida, including many in our region who were affected by tornadoes and historic flooding.

This weekend is a time to remember and reflect. It is also an opportunity for our community to renew our commitment to helping others and to defending the rule of law and the ideals we are all sworn to uphold."

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