Remembering September 11, 2001
September 11, 2003
Two years ago, the unthinkable happened. 3,000 Americans lost their lives to mass murderers who wished only to take the lives of our people, and take them indiscriminately. The national wound left by those attacks will be long in healing, and for the many Americans whose lives it touched, we can offer only our comfort for their perseverance and our prayers for their lost.
In the days and weeks that followed that horrendous tragedy, we demonstrated the best of who we are as a nation. Through the masses of people helping one another cross the Brooklyn Bridge, to the thousands and thousands of Americans who donated blood or food or clothing for the survivors, to the candlelight vigils in cities and towns across America, to the phone calls from loved ones and long-lost friends offering aid and solace, we all shared a common grief and a common unity. We were struck a cruel blow that day, but we responded by drawing closer as a nation and as a people, and in our fellowship we were as strong as we have ever been.
As Americans, we grow together, we work together, we celebrate together, we hope together, and when some of our numbers are fallen, as on that awful day two years ago, our great American hearts break together, and we mourn and we draw strength, and stand together. As one community, America can never be broken.