Statement from U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce A. Heyman on the 15th Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks:
“This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. We remember with sadness the innocent victims of the attacks, including Americans, Canadians, and citizens from many other countries. We acknowledge the heartbreaking losses their families and friends suffered. And we honor the heroic first responders who risked—and in some cases sacrificed—their lives to save others.
“The worst terrorist attack in American history brought out the best in the American people. In the aftermath of these cowardly attacks, Americans united to support and console one another. In addition, an outpouring of compassion from friends around the world reminded Americans that while we faced one of the darkest hours in our history, our nation did not stand alone.
“The unbreakable bond between the United States and Canada was never more evident than on that day 15 years ago and in the days that followed. I reflect often on the generosity Canadians extended to the thousands of passengers from the United States and elsewhere whose U.S.-bound flights were diverted to Canada immediately after the attacks. As the United States navigated the aftermath of these heinous acts, the Canadian people’s actions — most famously the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who opened their homes to stranded “plane people” — demonstrated profound and heartfelt kindness.
“Today, the United States remains tremendously fortunate to share with Canada a deeper, broader, more harmonious and complementary relationship than perhaps any two countries have ever enjoyed. The United States has no greater friend than Canada, and our shared values are reflected in our understanding of one another and in our compassion for each other during times of crisis.”
U.S. Embassy Ottawa