Days of Prayer and Remembrance
Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
August 28, 2008
National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we pay special tribute
to the thousands of innocent victims who died on
September 11, 2001. Our Nation honors the brave citizens,
service members, police officers, and firefighters who
heroically responded in the face of terror. On these important
we reflect on the terrible events of September 11, 2001,
and lift the victims and their families in our prayers.
Our Nation will never forget the individuals who lost their
lives in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. America
remains inspired by the countless acts of kindness and sacrifice
we saw that day — fearless rescuers who rushed toward danger,
a beloved priest who died helping others, two office workers
who carried a disabled person 68 floors to safety.
We also pray for the safety and success of the members of
our Armed Forces now serving freedom’s cause. We seek God’s
grace on their families, and commit to Heaven’s care those
brave men and women He has called home. We ask the Almighty
to watch over America and pray for His providence and continued
blessings on our country. May He always guide the United States
of America. As we defend our country against its enemies, we
pray for help in protecting the gift of freedom from those
who seek to destroy it, and we ask the Almighty to strengthen
all those securing liberty on distant shores.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me
by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim Friday, September 5, through Sunday, September 7,
2008, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that
the people of the United States and their places of worship
mark these National Days of Prayer and Remembrance with memorial
services, the ringing of bells, and evening candlelight remembrance
vigils. I also invite all people across the world to share
in these Days of Prayer and Remembrance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth
day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the
two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH