On September 11th, enemies of freedom commited an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have know casialties of war -- but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have know surprise attacks -- but never before on thousands of civialians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day -- and night fell on a different world, a world where freedon itself is under attack. Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom -- the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time -- now depends on us. Our nation -- this generation -- will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. It is my hope that in the months and years ahead, life will return almost to normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines, and that is good. Even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day, and to whom it happened. We'll remember the moment the news came -- where we were and what we were doing. Excerpts from his Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People - George W. Bush - September 20, 2001
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundation of our biggest buildings but they cannot touch the foundations of America. These acts shatter steel, but thy cannot dent the steel of American resolve." September 11, 2001 We will never forget.