Remembering those we lost on 9/11
PEF officers and staff gathered for a moment of silence and to pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who lost their lives 18 years ago in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“For all Americans, and for many around the world, we are reminded by the words ‘nine-eleven’ of a moment in time when the world as we knew it changed forever,” said Secretary-Treasurer Kay Alison Wilkie. “We are reminded, every time we travel, when we encounter airport security, and hear the words ‘Department of Homeland Security’ …
“We are reminded as continuing conflict and strife in the U.S. and globally reflect consequences of that fateful day,” she said. “So, it is meaningful, that every year on this day, we join together to honor the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died on 9/11.”
Wilkie and Vice President Sharon V. DeSilva read aloud the names of the fallen PEF members from the state Department of Taxation and Finance and the state Department of Transportation, whose names are etched on the memorial monument at PEF headquarters.
In the days and weeks following Sept. 11, Wilkie said, PEF reached out to those impacted by the attacks as they picked up the pieces of their lives, “to offer continuous comfort and support” and “to help them cope with complex emotional, legal and insurance matters.”
“As we reflect on the events of 9/11,” said Wilkie. “We honor those Americans around the world who taught us to focus away from despair and to see, instead, the actions of the best of humankind — living values of kindness, duty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and love. Today, as we remember those lost, let us renew our faith in the kindness of the human spirit.”