That slogan was used to demonstrate the sense of community felt after the attack on a French newspaper last year. Though separated by an ocean, it didn’t matter – we were all French that day.
As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11, attacks, we are again reminded of that connectivity. Many of us weren’t in New York on that terrible day, but it doesn’t matter. Through images broadcast here and around the world, we all shared in the experience, were touched by it, and for a time at least, we were all New Yorkers.
Today, let us remember and honor the thousands of lives that were lost 15 Septembers ago; for those civilians that perished at the Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania; for the 343 uniformed firefighters that lost their lives that day, and for the 123 who have since died of Ground Zero related illnesses; and finally, for the 15,000 who still struggle with 9/11 health-related issues…
Je Suis Charlie. We are all Americans.