Dunkirk mayor issues statement on 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Today marks the sixteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas shared a statement with the OBSERVER, remembering the tragic events and encouraging all in the city of Dunkirk to remember this country’s ideals and those lost.

“September 11th, will always be a day of remembrance for me personally. As a NYS Trooper at the time, I was on the team of first responders sent to New York City from this area. What I saw there was heart wrenching, and to work side by side with the other first responders was life changing for me. The teamwork and camaraderie that was evident among all of the various departments and organizations was encouraging. Everyone worked together for the good of the city and the victims of that day, there was no politics, no personal, self-serving interests, and certainly there were no lines of proprietorship; we were truly one body working toward the goal of putting the city and its victims first,” Rosas said,

“Seeing the carnage and destruction that took place out of hate toward this country — my country — is something that will remain with me forever. Although we, here in Dunkirk and this immediate area, have seen our share of disasters, we have never seen anything like what happened to the innocent people and the area around ground zero on that day in New York City. We must forever stand for the covenants of freedom, democracy, and the rights of our fellow human being that this great country was built upon. And, we must never forget the lives lost on that tragic day.”