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20 years after recovery operations at Ground Zero Gov. Hochul delivers remarks



New York City, New York — New York Governor, Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the formal end of Ground Zero recovery operations.

Hochul praised the “keepers of the flame” at the site of the former Twin Towers who work to ensure everyone remembers the lives lost there.

“It’s an extraordinary reminder that as you go through the list of people who showed up – unprompted – just showed up to help restore and heal and to bring us back together, the common denominator for most is they were New Yorkers because it’s in our DNA. When we get knocked down we fight back and we come back and we must never ever forget that lesson. That is the story of this hallowed ground,” Hochul said.

According to the governor, the attack on Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten – nor will the efforts to recover the victims and honor them at the memorial there now.

“At one time, this was a gaping hole. That hole has healed with this beautiful shrine, this place of solemnity, a place people can come. But that doesn’t mean the holes in our hearts have healed – as you look at the family members who can’t believe 20 years have lapsed already.”