Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Canadians to take part in acts of service to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I encourage Canadians to take part in acts of service today to remember those who lost their lives, and to honour the selflessness shown by so many on 9/11,” he said in a statement.
Trudeau said the events of 9/11 – the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the United States – will remain ingrained in the memories of people for generations.
"Today, on the 17th anniversary of this tragedy, we remember its nearly 3,000 innocent victims, including 24 Canadians. Hundreds of first responders lost their lives. We offer our deepest condolences to all those who lost loved ones, and live with pain and grief that will never completely go away.”
In the statement, Trudeau said Canadians must recognize and honour the incredible bravery of first responders who risked everything so others might live.
“They raced into smoke and flames, braved falling rubble, and charged up the stairs of the collapsing towers. They were firefighters, police officers, military personnel, and ordinary people – all heroes, extraordinary in their service and sacrifice.”
He noted that following the attacks communities across Canada banded together to help the U.S. – a neighbour and friend stricken by grief.
“Canadians opened their arms and homes to stranded airline passengers, joining an outpouring of generosity across North America that, to this day, reminds us to keep faith in the darkest hours – and know the best of us will always shine through.”