Statement from Minister Goodale on the Anniversary of 9/11 and the National Day of Service


Ottawa, September 11, 2016

The terrible events of September 11, 2001, which took the lives of 3,000 innocent people, including 24 Canadians, represent a senseless tragedy which we must never forget.

The attacks were an affront to our democratic society, and compelled us to strengthen our resolve and collaboration with international partners to defend our values and freedoms.

As we reflect on that day, exactly 15 years ago, we must also remember the many gestures of kindness. The citizens of Gander in Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, were remarkably generous and compassionate as they offered shelter and food to travelers who had to make an unplanned stay in their community for a while. Such positive actions are the reason why September 11 is the National Day of Service which promotes the importance of supporting each other and volunteering within our own communities.

Today, I participated in the ceremony in honor of the fallen in-service firefighters. Firefighters, and other first responders, are also a source of inspiration as they show courage, generosity and strength in tragic moments, like the ones that happened 15 years ago, but also while performing their daily tasks.

I invite Canadians to remember September 11, 2001 events but mostly to recognize the solidarity that came out of that tragedy and to continue, by their generous gestures, to enhance our communities on a daily basis.  It remains important for Canada to stay vigilant and united, and to continue to safeguard our rights and freedoms.

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