Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2011

For our generation September 11, 2001 will forever remain in infamy. On this date a depraved band of zealots unleashed the most vile form of hate upon our nation and committed the most atrocious and wicked crime of mass murder in the history of the United States.

As patriotic American Muslims, our condemnation of these heinous crimes is unequivocal and without any reservation. We stand united with all our fellow citizens to defeat the scrooge of terrorism comprehensively and with no compunction.

American Muslims are incredibly offended and appalled that these criminals maligned a faith, which is above all, vehemently opposed to such evil and wickedness.

Ten years on, we reflect on the innocent victims fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives who lost their lives on that fateful day. We grieve with their families and friends on this day of remembrance.

We remember the following innocent souls from Western New York who left for heavenly abode leaving behind families and friends grieving at the colossal loss:

World Trade Center (North Tower)
Brandon J. Buchanan
Michael Canty
Leonard M. Castrianno
H. Joseph Heller
Stephen Hoffman
Shai Levinhar
Christopher E. Lunder
Michael P O'Brian
Daniel Robert Nolan
Todd Pelino
Patrick Salamone
World Trade Center (South Tower)
FF Michael Lynch
FF Robert Foti
Lt. Paul T Mitchell
FDNY Ret. Philip T. Hayes
Sean P Rooney (South Tower 2)
FF Christopher Santora
FF Dennis Scauso
Margaret Walier Seeliger
Jeffrey Shaw
Eric Thorpe
Melissa Vincent

David Laychak
United Flight 175
(South Tower)

Amy KingMichael Tarrou
American Airlines Flight 77

Renee May

Our hearts and minds are with the survivors of this outrageous barbarity and we hope and pray that they will find some solace in the fact that the entire country stands firmly united with them on this anniversary.

We salute the brave men and women in uniformed services and the first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice and , day in and day out, perform acts of heroism to maintain American as the beacon of hope for the entire world and keep the dream of E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) alive.

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