Facing Down Hate with Love on 9/11

Posted on September 11, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

At Catholic Charities NY, We Will Never Forget

For us at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, today’s anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001 is deeply personal.  We, like so many of you, your friends and family were here in New York when terrorists crashed two full planes through the iconic World Trade Center towers.  We lost loved ones and, as leaders of the 9/11 social service response team, we helped shore up survivors.

Today, seventeen years later, we remember the heroes who risked their lives on September 11th, the victims of the attacks and their families. We remember all affected by this tragedy.

We can never undo the loss and pain.  But, united, we can continue to band together to overcome evil with good. 

Today Catholic Charities staff and volunteers joined with thousands of New Yorkers at the Intrepid Museum docked along the Hudson River for the National Day of Service and Remembrance project, packing 850,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.  Tomorrow and in future days we will share the meals we packed on this honored day with hungry New Yorkers who turn to us for help.

We will never forget 9/11.  We will never forget the innocent who died and the brave who sacrificed to try to save them.  And we will never forget how we, as strangers, New Yorkers of all religions born locally or on foreign shores, stood and continue to stand together, facing down hate with love.