As the world knows, yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in North American history. The day infamously known as 9/11 will forever be remembered as the day that terrorists took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in the United States. It’s hard for most to believe that ten years have already passed.
With most of the loss occurring in New York City, what used to be the World Trade Center is now known throughout the world as the symbol of the horrific day that took place exactly ten years ago yesterday. The area now known as “Ground Zero” was visited by many to pay their respects and commemorate those who were taken by the tragedy.
In Canada, there were also a number of tributes taking place. As Chris Doucette reported in The Toronto Sun, one of those tributes took place at Millennium Garden, in Toronto to honour the 24 Canadians who died in the World Trade Center. Even ten years later, and in another country, it was evident that the pain caused by the 9/11 attacks was still being felt.
Michael Prue, the MPP for Beaches-East York attended the ceremony at Millennium Garden. Said Prue: “I can see the pain etched on people’s faces. It doesn’t go away. We have to come to grips with it. But we will never forget.” The Toronto tribute has taken place yearly ever since the attacks of 2001. Doucette notes that it is the only one in Canada that specifically honours the Canadian victims of 9/11.
Clearly, even though it is often said that “time heals all wounds”, there is an undeniable mark left on the hearts of people throughout the world due to the attacks that took place ten years ago. It is, however, time to start shifting sorrow towards optimism, according to Toronto Police Supt. Frank Bergen.
Remembering the events of ten years ago quite vividly, as most do, Bergen spoke about the way he hopes people will be able to carry on moving forward. Said Bergen: “The last decade has been called a decade of fear, a decade of terror. Let’s work together to make the next 10 years a decade of hope.”
We, here at Synergy Merchant Services, would like to offer our deepest sympathies to all those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. We would also like to echo the sentiments of the Toronto Police Superintendent by saying that we wish for all those affected to be comforted by the fact that they have the support of people worldwide who live everyday working towards a brighter future.