US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan has paid tribute to all the lives lost in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 that left thousands of people perish.
On the eve of the 20th commemoration of the disaster, the Ambassador issued a statement which said: “We honor their lives and their memory on this solemn occasion and mourn what we all list on that terrible day.”
The unfortunate incident witnessed two Ghanaians and two Ghanaian-Americans die with 2,977 people.
Below is her statement:
Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan’s Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Tomorrow, we mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks, including Ghana, which lost two Ghanaians and two Ghanaian Americans. The people who perished in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania – including the heroic first responders who gave their lives to help others – left behind loved ones and communities who were never the same. We honor their lives and their memory on this solemn occasion and mourn what we all lost on that terrible day.
In the midst of the surreal silence of the skies, when all air traffic was suspended for several days, what really heartened us as Americans was the global outpouring of goodwill and solidarity. It is in that same spirit of solidarity and collaboration that we continue address a common threat to our shared peace and stability. Violent extremism threatens our democratic institutions, our collective security, and our economic prosperity.
Together, we must prevent this global scourge and counter violent extremism where it has already taken root. Building on the lessons of the last 20 years, we know we need to employ a sustainable and agile approach that includes sharing intelligence, building global partnerships, and most importantly, investing in inclusive development, accountable governance, preventive diplomacy, and professionalism in the security services in ways that make it harder for terrorists to recruit and operate with impunity.