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Bush’s Address on 9/11 Anniversary
President George W. Bush
September 11, 2002
Good evening. A long year has passed since enemies attacked our country. We’ve
seen the images so many times, they are seared on our souls, and remembering the horror,
reliving the anguish, re-imagining the terror is hard and painful.
For those who lost loved ones, it’s been a year of sorrow, of empty places, of
newborn children who will never know their fathers here on Earth. For members of our
military, it’s been a year of sacrifice and service far from home. For all Americans, it has
been a year of adjustment, of coming to terms with the difficult knowledge that our
Nation has determined enemies and that we are not invulnerable to their attacks.
Yet, in the events that have challenged us, we have also seen the character that will
deliver us. We have seen the greatness of America in airline passengers who defied their
hijackers and ran a plane into the ground to spare the lives of others. We’ve seen the
greatness of America in rescuers who rushed up flights of stairs toward peril. And we
continue to see the greatness of America in the care and compassion our citizens show to
September the 11th, 2001, will always be a fixed point in the life of America. The
loss of so many lives left us to examine our own. Each of us was reminded that we are
here only for a time, and these counted days should be filled with things that last and
matter: Love for our families, love for our neighbors, and for our country; gratitude for
life and to the Giver of life.
We resolved a year ago to honor every last person lost. We owe them remembrance,
and we owe them more. We owe them and their children and our own, the most enduring
monument we can build, a world of liberty and security made possible by the way
America leads and by the way Americans lead our lives.
The attack on our Nation was also attack on the ideals that make us a nation. Our
deepest national c