Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivered the following remarks at the 20th Annual World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, hosted by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivered the following remarks at the VOICES Center for Resilience 21st Annual Remembrance Symposium in New York City.
On Sunday, we will observe the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred in New York, New York; Arlington, Virginia; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day, and others who suffered injury and illness passed in the days, weeks, and months that followed.
Yesterday evening President Biden announced that the United States successfully completed a counterterrorism operation that killed Al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Zawahiri was one of the architects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and other assaults on our nation. We are indebted to our brave colleagues who carried out the operation.
On July 25 and 26, our Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, raised the 9/11 commemorative flag at their building and let it wave proudly for all to see.
Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on Raising the Commemorative 9/11 Flag at DHS Headquarters
On Saturday I joined many others in New York City to attend the memorial service honoring the lives lost as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to hear family members pay tribute to the loved ones they, and all of us, lost.
When 9/11 happened, I was the Director of Technical Training for MCI Telecommunications Corp. While my primary office was in Dallas, I was in Columbus, OH reviewing the training assets of CompuServe (a company MCI had just bought) for opportunities to incorporate their capabilities into our own.
Then the world changed.
We mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon. The people who perished in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville—including the heroic first responders who gave their lives to help others—left behind loved ones and communities who were never again the same. In the years since, more than 2,000 more were lost to 9/11-related illnesses as a result of working in hazardous conditions during recovery operations. We honor their lives and their memory on this solemn occasion, and mourn what we all lost on that terrible day.