9/11 Remembrance Memorial, A Powerful Reminder of Unity

On September 11, 2022, an online memorial and safe discussion place took place over Zoom for Democrats Abroad members to reflect on the 9/11 tragedy from twenty-one years ago in which thousands of lives were lost in terrorist attacks which resulted in 3,000 lives having perished in New York City, the District of Columbia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The event was hosted by the DA Global Disabilities Caucus and the DA Global Veterans and Military Families (VMF) Caucus. 

Several slides were displayed which offered various ways for persons to become involved in annual 9/11 memorials, including VMF-provided slides on resources available for veterans, military families, first responders, and other Americans wishing to communicate thoughts over 9/11 and possible concerns over depression.

Kee Evans, Chair of both Democrats Abroad Guatemala and the Global VMF Caucus, offered her response to the online get-together. "Knowing that everyone is busy with getting out the vote of Americans abroad and other daily responsibilities, I was pleased so many people took time out of their busy lives to join us on this day of remembrance. I hope next year there's an even larger turnout for Patriot Day as we stick to our promise to 'never forget' September 11th and what it means."

The memorial event included a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of 9/11, the first responders, the survivors and those affected by family and loved ones lost to the events. It also included a poem by a VMF member, listening to a beautiful rendition of 'America, the Beautiful,' and an open conversation for DA members to share their experiences and reflections from that fateful day in American history. A significant point shared by one member was the importance of staying unified during times of crises, and how Americans strive to work together when it comes to defeating terrorism, prioritizing national security, and lifting the spirits of our families and loved ones.

A sample of the slides presented and photos taken from the event can be seen below.