LAS VEGAS — Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer gave the following statement:
“This year marks 20 years since the attacks on US soil that claimed thousands of lives and changed the course of our history as a country. On this solemn occasion, we remember those lives lost on that day and in the aftermath, and in particular the heroism shown by our first responders,” said Chair Whitmer.
“We also remember what we learned in the aftermath: that while the vast majority of people show their best nature in times of crisis, and many regular people even become heroes, we must all continue to make a point of protecting those who are most vulnerable among us. This is true whether it’s their ethnicity or religion that makes them a target, whether they need physical assistance in seeking safety in an emergency, whether a language barrier makes them unable to seek or understand help, or whether it’s some other obstacle that puts them in danger.
“It is our patriotic duty to continue fighting for lifelong care for those firefighters, police officers, and medics who rushed toward the smoke on that horrific day or helped in the aftermath, many of whom have now suffered 20 years of poor physical and mental health as a result. It is also our patriotic duty to honor the memories of those we lost—people from all walks of life, all ages, races, and religions, all belief systems and political viewpoints—by showing each other care, and by remembering that true community doesn’t leave anyone behind.”