Gov. Andrew Cuomo was part of a motorcycle ride down the Westside Highway this morning to the World Trade Center site to commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
He was accompanied by Billy Joel on the ride, and then Cuomo gave a nearly 4-minute speech at the site. He thanked the famous singer as “the quintessential New York citizen, who never forgot where he came from and who always turns out for New York.”
Then Cuomo talked about the tragedy and bravery on 9/11, saying the motorcycle ride was the same trip a group of firefighters took on that September morning as they raced to the World Trade Center.
“I imagine that they knew that they were headed into danger,” Cuomo said. “And I imagine that on that ride which we just took they were thinking about their sons and their daughters and they were thinking about their wives and their sweethearts and their mothers and their fathers, but they continued on the ride – straight and strong without deviation and without delay.”
Cuomo continued, “And they made a point that is as true that morning as it is today. They proved to the world that strength and courage will always conquer weakness and cowardice, that duty and honor and service are paramount. They are words to live by, and yes they are words to die by.
He also praised the resolve of New Yorkers, saying that that day proved that “that the American spirit, defended by proud New Yorkers, will not be defeated.
“That lesson and that example lives today as powerful as it was 12 years ago. And it will live on this site and it will live in our hearts every day, to guide and to inspire. And that will be true for generations to come.”