Arlington, Va. (Sept. 10, 2021)
PSC Honors the Fallen of September 11
The Professional Services Council (PSC) remembers with honor those who died during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.
“Twenty years ago, this nation went through an unimaginable tragedy, and each of us who were of age remember where we were when we first learned of the attacks. Today we honor the men, women, and children who lost their lives,” said David J. Berteau, PSC’s President and CEO. “After that fateful day, we saw our nation and much of the world come together to act in strength and unity. The missions undertaken after the September 11 attacks aimed to increase our national security abroad and at home and to control and reduce emerging threats to the U.S.”
Equally important has been the prevention of additional attacks of the magnitude and consequence of September 11. On that day, many of us were left wondering how many more such attacks were coming and when they would occur. Government actions at the federal, state, and local level, robustly enabled and supported by contractors, have prevented so much of that threat, and we are grateful.
More than 7,000 service members have died and over 53,000 have been wounded in action in post-September 11 operations. Working alongside those service members have been many thousands of government contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that, since September 2001, nearly 4,000 federal contractors have also made the ultimate sacrifice.
“The contractor community works alongside their government partners to protect our national security and to support the government’s missions here and abroad,” Berteau continued. “We remind all Americans on this 20th anniversary of September 11 to also honor the government contractor community’s contributions and sacrifices in achieving those missions and keeping our homeland safe.”