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Sep 11, 2020

Remembering a Belizean who died in the 9/11 attack in the US

There is another anniversary of an unforgettable event;   It is recorded that more than three thousand persons died in the worst terrorist attack on the United States, nineteen years ago. Four high-jacked airlines were crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Forty passengers also fought and prevented United Flight 93 from crashing into the US capitol building. So today, sobering memorial services were held in the US to remember those who died in the attacks. It is estimated that some four hundred thousand persons were also injured. The US charge de affaires in Belize, Keith Giles, issued a recorded statement recalling that a Belizean was among the persons of so many other nationalities, who was killed in the September 2011 attack.


Keith Gilges, Charge D’Affaires, US Embassy

Keith Gilges

“Today we mark 19 years since the September 11, 2001 attack on the twin towers, the pentagon and United Airlines flight 93. While many young people have grown into adulthood in a world in which these monstrous events are something they learned about rather than experienced; many of us remember that day very clearly. Where we were when we first heard something had happened. How we felt glued to our TV sets as we watched the towers fall; and we recall our initial fears that other attacks may be imminent. Of Course US Citizens were not the only one show fell victim to the terrorists attacks that day. A proud Belizean named Alva Jeffries Sanchez working on the 96th floor of tower 1 when the plane struck also perished in that attack. Again citizens from more than 60 countries lost their lives from the attack of the World Trade Center. But there is also hope. Within days of the attack the New York Police called the Belize Mission in New York City to report that a tattered and torn Belizean Flag has been found in the rubble of the World Trade Center. The flag was brought home to Belize at the request of the Prime Minister as a reminder of the enduring spirit of our two nations in the face of reckless cruelty. We also remember the global outpouring of good will. Of countries that stood in solidarity with the United States and the local communities that came together in support of each other. We remember how our fears soon transformed into a steely resolve to confront our attackers and defend our homeland. Over the past 19 years the global community of responsible nations has continued the work of disrupting, dismantling and defeating terrorist threats. But in doing so we never retreated from our core democratic values. Instead we have grown even ore resolve to defend our open and transparent system from violent non state actors and authoritarian regimes that challenge our notion of individual liberty. We have rededicated ourselves to a community wear fairness prevails over intolerance. And where respect for the common humanity that binds us together wins out over the hate that tries to divide us.”

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