On this September 11th Anniversary, let us remember those who died on that day and since and commit ourselves to the work of peace. Through the prophet Isaiah, the God of Israel, proclaims:
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
— Isaiah 49:15-16
May we #neverforget the steadfast love, forgiveness, and mercy of God, which changed the world during the Passover in 33 a.d.
We remember the lives of those who died in the attacks on this day 14 years ago, 2,996 people, including 19 hijackers, and all families and friends of the deceased, including:
343 Firefighters and Paramedics
23 NYPD officers
37 Port Authority officers
2,016 Employees who worked in Towers One and Two
3,051 Children who lost a parent
1,609 people who lost a spouse or partner
We remember the individuals who died and the families of:
6,846 U.S. military service men and women
6,970 U.S. contractors
41,682 National Military and Police
1,433 Other Allied Troops
304 Journalists and Media Workers
484 Humanitarian/NGO Workers
1.3 million (conservatively) estimated, directly or indirectly, killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in over 12 years of the War on Terrorism
We remember, along with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees:
3 million displaced Iraqi refugees
2.5 million Afghan refugees
Many millions more affected throughout the region by the ongoing cycles of violence, including victims of ISIS
422,000 New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder resulting from 9/11
52,010 U.S. wounded in action
970,000 veterans suffering trauma and disability in wars since 9/11
All Muslim victims of hate crimes (still five times higher today than before 9/11)
Lord God, we are overwhelmed this day in our remembrance. May we trust in your unfailing love. We need your grace to grieve, to be angry, to forgive, to heal, to love, to walk in the nonviolent way of your Son, Jesus. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
9/11 by the Numbers – from New York Magazine
Body Count – from Physicians for Social Responsibility
Human Cost of War – from watson.brown.edu
Iraq: the Human Cost – from MIT Center for International Studies
Anti-Muslim hate crimes are still five times more common today than before 9/11 – from the Washington Post
–by Greg Walgenbach, Director of Life, Justice & Peace, Diocese of Orange