Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued this statement on the 14th anniversary of 9/11 and Canada’s National Day of Service:
Today we commemorate all the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
The thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with the families and friends of the thousands of individuals, including 24 Canadians, who were brutally and senselessly murdered on this terribly tragic day. We continue to mourn these profound losses, and offer our deepest sympathy to those who were injured and still struggle with the after-effects to this day.
But let us also remember the remarkable courage, kindness and generosity of all the first responders, military and civilian volunteers, and good Samaritans, including those in Gander, Newfoundland, and other communities that welcomed thousands of stranded air passengers into their homes.
In 2011, in recognition of the importance of such bravery and selflessness, Canada designated September 11th as our National Day of Service.
On this 14th anniversary of 9/11 and Canada’s National Day of Service, I encourage all Canadians to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, and honour the service of the brave men and women in uniform who serve to protect us.