Dear Families and Friends,
Like the rest of the world, I watched in horror as the terrorist attacks unfolded in Paris on Friday evening. It brought back a flood of memories of 9/11, and the feelings of uncertainty, helplessness, and overwhelming sadness. My prayers were with the hostages, and the families of the victims and injured. Over the weekend many families sent messages verbalizing these same feelings - "watching this attack unfold has brought a tidal wave of memories, feelings, emotions and my heart is breaking for those families."
Across the world communities demonstrated their support in a variety of ways. Major cities projected the colors of the French flag on iconic buildings from the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower in New York City to the Opera House in Australia. Americans posted messages on social media opening their homes to French visitors by using the hashtag #StrandedintheUS
. Throughout the weekend, individuals offered their condolences and support.
We now have an opportunity to show support for our long-time allies in France, and to help the victims' families, and those who were injured and survived, in their long journey of healing. French President François Hollande has declared three days of mourning and a moment of silence was observed this morning. In the U.S., President Obama has ordered American Flags to be flown at half-staff until Thursday at sundown. At 2:30pm this afternoon the 9/11 Museum held a Tribute to show solidarity and support. Many communities are planning other gatherings.
In the aftermath of this tragic event, communities and law enforcement across the world are on high alert. We encourage you to have an emergency plan in place both at home and at work and if you see something, say something. It is our hope that our government officials, both here in the U.S. and abroad, will coordinate a united front to protect our communities.
Recognizing that the attacks may have affected 9/11 families and survivors we continue to offer our support. On Wednesday, November 18 at 9:30am and Thursday, November 19 at 1:00pm
we are offering teleconference support groups. Please send an email to Lori Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org
to make a reservation. Also feel free to contact our office at 203-966-3911 if you need assistance or share your thoughts on our facebook page
In closing, we send our sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones, and we offer our support to all those impacted by the tragedy in Paris.