LULAC Honors Those Who Gave Their All On 9/11 And Now Live In US
Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Marks 20th Anniversary of Attack on America In Remembrance of Its Heroes
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today issued the following statement in tribute to those American men and women killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Ralina Cardona - LULAC National Board Member and Vice-President for the Northeast
“Living in New York, 9/11 is all around us daily, somewhere in the back of our minds because it changed our city, our lives, even the way we think. One way or another, every New Yorker, in whatever borough, shares a connection to what happened. In a way, 9/11 became a bond that says to the world, we got this. We can and will overcome this attack and anything else you throw our way. It’s not bravado but it’s as if we took the strength of all the people who died and turned it into our power to survive and fight on, live on. We can all learn from them and take heart in the opportunity we share of honoring their memory through our actions in making America better.”
Jesse Garcia, State Director, LULAC District of Columbia
"We honor and remember our fellow citizens, 2,997 killed and more than 6,000 injured, who were victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and on a jetliner that came down in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania. LULAC District of Columbia would like to extend its gratitude to those who have provided military service in the aftermath of the attack, lawmakers who have supported funds to help survivors and families of those who died, and first responders who must live with the memories of that day. We want to thank forensic teams that till this day are still hard at work identifying remains to help provide families with closure. Also, a thank you to all Americans who recognize September 11 as a day of service to honor the memory of those lost. We will never forget."
Sindy Benavides – LULAC National Chief Executive Officer
“We at LULAC remember all who were lost. Latinos accounted for an estimated 250 of the victims; 177 men and 81 women. Of these, 43 worked at Windows on the World atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center. There were also Latinos among the first responder firefighters and even some other unaccounted Latino workers who are believed to have died on 9/11 as the buildings collapsed but were not included in the official death toll. Each is a different story with circumstances that only God knows why they happened. What we do know and what we can say is that on 9/11 brave, hard-working men and women died senselessly but given a choice, time and again, many of them thought of and did for others, not themselves first. May we never forget that and may our greatest action of appreciation be using every minute of our lives to make the most of ourselves in service to others.”
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/