Twenty years on, the horror hasn’t subsided – nor has our gratitude

One U.S. and one American flag fly side-by-side against the backdrop of an office building

The terrible events of September 11, 2001 changed our world for ever.

Nearly 3,000 innocent people died including over 400 first responders. Many others of those heroes who answered the call on that day went on to develop physical and mental illnesses. Many of them continue to die from exposure to toxic elements unleashed in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

We mourn all those who lost their lives in 9/11, particularly those Canadians and their families who were directly affected. We honour those selfless individuals who gave their lives to protect all of us from this senseless act of terrorism.

We see the same kind of spirit in the front-line workers who are helping us get through the COVID-19 pandemic today.

Both situations are fine examples of public service at its best and we are filled with admiration for the front-line heroes who step up every day.

OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer

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