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We Must Never Forget

It has been 15 years since the September 11th attacks. 15 years since Al-Qaeda launched one of the largest acts of terrorism against the United States, leaving an indelible mark on our countryside and lives. Four hijackings, four crashes, and over 3,000 lives lost made our world seem broken. They had destroyed our Twin Towers, marred our Pentagon, and attempted to obliterate the White House. We lost fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. We had been violated in our own country and we felt vulnerable. However, as a people, we Americans are resilient, and we have grown stronger from this in the last 15 years.

We must never forget what happened 15 years ago. We must not forget the fear, the anger, the sadness, and the vulnerability we felt as a country. We must not forget that we had become complacent. Since then we have made moves to be proactive, creating the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, allocating larger budgets for the DoD and FAA, and opening up avenues of communication between all of our departments. We have made strides to further protect ourselves from more terror attacks. Yet, history is prone to repeating itself, and complacency is creeping back into our lives.

We, as a country, are only as strong as our weakest members. We are strong only if we stand hand in hand, unified behind the stars and stripes. As a country we have moved to further our defense against outside attacks, but we must also foster better relationships amongst ourselves. As we have seen over the last few years, terrorists have also made strides, morphing from terrorist cells to terrorist armies, recruiting online at lightning speeds.

Currently, this country is divided. We are divided in our beliefs, in our values, and in our priorities. Yet, differences can be a good thing. Without differing ideas and opinions, change and improvement will not occur. However, we have become too close-minded and intolerant of opposing views. When our differences move to divide us that is when we must change. This country has forgotten the lesson we learned 15 years ago. From jokes and advertisements referencing September 11th, from the way public figures and opposing groups speak about and treat each other, and from the intolerance shown daily across social media and news outlets, we have begun to disrespect and forget the sacrifices made all those years ago.

Last year we spoke about the irrepressible spirit of our nation. We look to honor and live up to that spirit by reminding everyone to respect their fellow man. On the day when the Towers fell and the Pentagon was hit, differences were set aside, unimportant compared to the brothers and sisters that could be lost. On this 15th anniversary of the many lives lost and the lives sacrificed to save others, we ask everyone to set aside their differences, break bread and rejoice in our freedoms, remembering the promise of a nascent country back in 1776 to cherish and hold dear the concepts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Finally, remember that we grow in strength and purpose every day, and that at the end of the day, for all the tragedy and triumph, we as a nation will always have hope!

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Thomas J. Curcio
Founder

Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 37 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…

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Rakin Hamad
Associate

Rakin Hamad is a graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at the…

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Justin Curcio
Associate

Justin Curcio received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2015, where he was awarded an academic scholarship. During law school, he worked for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the law firm of Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP. Justin also spent a semester studying law at the University of Glasgow…

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Riann Winget
Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Riann Winget, a native Texan, graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She was a member of the varsity soccer team, Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the university board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps and taught preschool…

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Maureen Burke, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant

Maureen Burke was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area and relocated to the Alexandria area in 1984 where she and her husband raised their three children. Maureen graduated with a BS in Nursing from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and an MS in Nursing from George Mason University. Maureen has worked at…

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