A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

More than seven-hundred New Jerseyans - and the nearly three-thousand Americans were taken from us on September 11, 2001. In town squares and memorial grounds over the last week, our fellow citizens paid tribute to the men, women, and children we lost in New York City, Shanksville, PA, and at the Pentagon, the common humanity that binds the fabric of our great State, and the bravery of those who gave their last measure of devotion to save people they never knew, and those who continue to protect us at home and abroad.

For many that bear 9/11’s greatest cost, the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the 8th hour of the 11th day brings thoughts of a father or mother they never knew, or the memory of a last phone call - or a kiss as the train pulled away. No words can ever truly erase the tragic absence of the fallen from our lives.

Thirty days before his own tragic death, President Kennedy told us that a Nation reveals itself not only by the people it produces, but by those it remembers. On September 10, I was proud to participate in the first annual Empty Sky Memorial 5K at Liberty State Park to raise funds in support of the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation, as well as to participate at ceremonies at Atlantic Highlands, Ocean County College, and Old Bridge on September 11.

In meeting with, and talking to, the survivors and families of 9/11, I’m inspired by their strength, courage and example. They fill the silence of the fallen with their love, support, and actions. Representing the best of our New Jersey spirit, they remind us that together, there’s nothing we New Jerseyan’s cannot overcome.

May God bless you, and may God bless the great State of New Jersey.

Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

The Lt. Governor participates in the first annual Empty Sky Memorial 5K.

The Lt. Governor participates in the first annual Empty Sky Memorial 5K.

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