September 11, is known as the National Day of Service in Canada. It marks the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre, and Pentagon in which 3,000 people were killed including 24 Canadians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on the anniversary saluting the first responders. “Today, we also honour the bravery of the first responders and countless others who put themselves in harm’s way on 9/11. We remember those who knowingly risked their lives to save others – who rushed into the rubble, who climbed the stairs of the collapsing towers, who stormed the cockpit of a hijacked plane. Their acts of heroism and sacrifice live on, through the women and men they saved, and the stories from which we continue to draw strength,” he said.
The attacks led to the war in Afghanistan. Canada took a combat role in the conflict lasting 13 years. 165 Canadians were killed; seven civilians, and 158 soldiers. “On this National Day of Service, I also want to thank those who continue to fight on the front lines against terrorism – women and men in uniform, the intelligence community, diplomats, and security and law enforcement professionals,” Trudeau said