Letter to the Editors: 9/11 — A Moment of Silence and Love


Courtesy of The New York Post

Letter to the Editors: 9/11 — A Moment of Silence and Love

Michael H. Skurecki University Alumnus, Class of 1991

On Sept. 11, 2020, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks upon our soil, let us again remember, honor and reflect on those who perished and the families and friends they left behind. We must keep our flags flying and participate in ceremonies that will keep the memories alive for the past, present and all future generations.

During the day on 9/11, we must reserve a moment of silence, reflect on the events and share our love and compassion for the victims and family members.  On this day of infamy, our hearts, along with those who have perished and those left behind, will be united. This attack on our country and our principals must never be forgotten.

We honor those who perished in New York World Center Tower’s attack which included Flight 175 passengers (51) and crew members (9), Flight 11 passengers (76) and crew members (11) and those in the Towers: firefighters, police, response teams, medical and other agencies and individuals (2605), for a total of 2,752 victims.  I lost 15 of my fellow Villanova graduates in the Towers.

We honor those who perished in the Pentagon attack in Arlington Virginia, which included Flight 77 passengers (53) and crew members (6) and those in the Pentagon that included military and civilian personnel (125), for a total of 184 victims.  I lost my Northrop Grumman Corporation co-worker, Julian Cooper.

We honor those who perished on a field near Shanksville Pennsylvania, Somerset County, whose actions on board the aircraft prevented it from continuing on the course to what has been determined our White House. This included Flight 93 passengers (33) and crew members (7) for a total of 40 and an unborn child.

We must never forget our 9/11 victims as we continue to love our country and be proud that we are Americans. At every opportunity, we must also thank our military members, veterans and various agencies who are responsible for protecting our country.

On Sept. 11, 2020 and all future anniversaries, we must remember our 9/11 victims “not who they were, but who they are.” God Bless America, our 9/11 victims and families, our military, our veterans, our wounded warriors and our citizens.  

In remembering, there is peace.