All across the U.S. Americans will reflect on the tragic events of 13 years ago.  We are moved as a nation, to pay tribute to the innocent victims of terrorists as well as to honor the valiant efforts of those brave first responders who lost their lives trying to save them. 

Our community, like hundreds across the nation and world, felt the loss of one of our own.  Juan Pablo Cisneros was a bright young man with a promising future. He was the first in his family to attend college, having earned a full scholarship to Dartmouth College. He worked as bond trader so that he could earn money to send his younger sister to college and so he could go to graduate school. He was hard at work on September 11 in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower.  He was among the 3,040 lives cut short that terrible day. 

Every year on September 11, flags are flown at half-staff on government buildings to honor those who lost their lives.  I urge all residents to join in this solemn tribute by displaying their flags at their homes or businesses.