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To this day and that one person who clearly remembers the significance of this today was the governor of new York at the time.
Governor Pataki joins us now from ground zero governor welcome thank you so much for being with us on this day.
Thank you it's nice thing with you today.
Talk to me a little bit about you know what you feel standing there knowing that you know.
There there is no memorial built yet and at the memorial hopefully will be done by the tenth anniversary of the.
Well I can't happen anytime I can -- here but feel a tremendous sense of loss and sorrow.
Because we lost almost 3000 -- New Yorkers and people from around the world on September 11 and I'm proud that the memorial as the mayor put -- Wednesday night is on time and under budget it will be done by September 11 of 2011.
And I think it's going to have a tremendous impact.
On people who come to visit I think -- will be the most visited place in North America I think it will succeed in telling the story of September 11.
That -- heroes we laws than that the Kurds in the strength which -- with what's New Yorkers and Americans responded.
Governor you know if you take -- back that day in 2001.
And you weren't you weren't.
Out and about -- you went back to your office aggressive when you -- the first plane hitting the building was an accident and then it started to unfold.
Get a sense of what you were well you're going through on the morning.
Well you know look.
The first thing you felt it was unlike today it was an incredibly beautiful day.
And you couldn't help but just look out the window and say got this is what I meant that magnificent day.
And then my daughter called me and said a plane had hit one of the towers and turn on the TV and I didn't.
I thought it was some sort type of horrible.
Accident and and I saw the second plane and I knew that we were under tax.
I immediately -- Rudy Giuliani I call the president.
-- in the shut down airspace and that began activating the State's emergency response and it was a day where and people didn't know what to expect -- next but I knew we were going to get through it because you can see.
The unity that carries the strength that everybody was showing on that day.
Governor I'm curious what you think about you know what should -- -- should be taught -- so many of our children were too little at that time.
To really know what was going on but you there is a feeling that over the years the talk about this.
Diminishes what what's your feeling on you know it on flags I'm talking about this in schools across the country.
And you know particularly in our area here in new York New Jersey that were hit so hard and Connecticut.
You know Martha I think that's the most important question.
What do we do to make sure that children and particularly.
All those suits.
Hear about this country.
Don't forget the memory of September 11 we were attacked that day we didn't expect -- we didn't anticipated.
And we have got to be vigilant because we know that there are those who have attacked us before who are out there want to do it again.
And I hope that people don't forget that lesson of September 11.
I think an important second point -- understand why we were attacked.
Not because of anything we did wrong.
But because of what we do right our belief in freedom freedom of speech freedom of assembly -- -- -- elect our own leaders freedom to worship as we see fit.
Freedoms that we thought that we hope.
-- universal but now we know people.
That not only don't want those freedoms they despise those who I have them so we have to be vigilant we can't forget we were attacked on September 11 and terrorists out there who want to do it again.
And we have to honor the memory and that the tremendous heroes who responded on that day.
So right governor and we thank you for being with us today to remind -- up all of those really important aspects.
This today thank you very much governor George attack you take thank you Martha thank you Wilkens.
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