I have lived in New York for the past 8 years. I’m pretty confident when I refer to myself as a New Yorker nowadays, so although the unofficial rule says 10 years I really do refer to NYC as home.

However, today is a day that I will always feel like a guest to this great city. I try to keep things light on the blog, but I just wanted to say this: I love you all. Every single one of you. Know that you are in my heart today, and always. Whoever you are: you are a bad ass with a beautiful life in front of you. And I am rooting for you.

The lesson of 9/11 is that America is truly exceptional. We withstood the worst attack of our history, intended by our enemies to destroy us. Instead, it drew us closer and made us more united. Our love for freedom and one another has given us a strength that surprised even ourselves.

Rudy Giuliani