As we come to the day of the 11th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, it is crucial that we remember those whom we have lost but still keep close to our hearts. As we all remember, 9/11 has been heart breaking not only for America but also for the many peacekeeping countries around the world.  Today, people around the world will unite for a cause outside themselves. As the Amity family, we will pray not only for those who have passed but also for those who have risked their lives to save others during this tragedy. It should be this that gives us the hope we need in our lives as we continue to remember. Our strong conviction is that those who take lives will always become outnumbered and outspoken by those honest, brave and righteous people who are willing to sincerely put their lives on the line for others.

Today, on September 11, 2012, as Amity students and teachers, we remember the 343 firefighters and paramedics who died trying to save others; we remember the 23 NYPD officers, the 22 U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom. Our prayers are with the 1,609 people who lost a spouse or a partner in the attacks and the 3,051 children who lost a parent.  We stand in respect of the 2,819 victims that were killed in the attacks.

Let us open not only our minds but also our hearts. Let us listen not only our neighbors but also the voices that extend overseas. Let us imagine peace not only in our towns but also across the world. Let it be!