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This weekend will mark a somber and tragic event in American – and indeed global –  history as we memorialize  the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.  Today, Our Chairman and CEO Bill Weldon shared the following message with Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees in the United States to recognize the events of 9/11, which touched many of our employees and their families, friends, colleagues, loved ones, neighbors and community partners.  As we prepare to remember the anniversary of this tragedy, I wanted to share with you what Mr. Weldon wrote:

To: U.S. Based Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

September 9, 2011
Dear Colleagues,

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic and unspeakable events of September 11, 2001.  As hard as it is for me to believe that 10 years have passed since that day, I hope you will join me in taking a little time to reflect and remember, even as we go about the important work that lies in front of us.

The events of 9/11 touched us in ways both profound and striking. Some of our colleagues lost loved ones, while others lost close friends and neighbors.  None of us was untouched. In the wake of those events, many of our communities and neighbors came together to help each other heal and look ahead.  I have many vivid memories of the days immediately following 9/11, and how proud I was that the best of J&J people came out everywhere in expressions of caring, thoughtfulness, support for each other and a deep and abiding desire to help in any way possible.

In whatever ways feel appropriate to you, please take just a little time this weekend to remember those who were touched in a deeply personal way by those events 10 years ago.  Caring for the world one person at a time is what we do best, and let’s not ever waiver in that commitment.

With warm regards, I remain

Respectfully yours,
Bill Weldon

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