Proclaims ‘National Days
of Prayer and Remembrance’
John J. Kruzel
Bush is urging Americans to light candles and ring bells
to honor terrorism victims and servicemembers during “National
Days of Prayer and Remembrance”.
out the symbolic calendar days to encourage Americans to remember the 2,974
people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and to reaffirm
the global terror war’s foundation, according to a proclamation the
White House released.
“During this year’s National Days of Prayer and Remembrance,
we honor the thousands of victims who died in the brutal and
ruthless attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the
Pentagon,” Bush said in the proclamation. “I ask
that the people of the United States and their places of worship
mark these (days) with memorial services, the ringing of bells,
and evening candlelight remembrance vigils.”
He also invited people around the world to participate in
the days of prayer and remembrance.
Bush added that the nation remembers with gratitude the firefighters,
police officers and citizens who acted with courage and compassion
after four hijacked commercial airplanes crashed at three sites
on U.S. soil, and he issued a stern warning to those who perpetrate
or condone such attacks.
“Never forgetting that terrible day, we remain determined
to bring our enemies to justice, defy the terrorists’ ideology
of hate, and work to make our world safer,” he said.
The president paid homage to some 4,177 servicemembers killed
during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and thanked
members currently serving in the U.S. military.
“We are grateful for those who continue to protect our
nation and our way of life. Their courage, sacrifice, and dedication
help preserve our freedom,” Bush said in the proclamation. “We
pray for their safety, for all those who love them, and for
the peace we all seek.”
He said the nation remains hopeful, due to
kind and compassionate Americans’ commitment to freedom
“During these days of prayer and remembrance, we reflect
on all we have lost and take comfort in each other and in the
grace and mercy of our Creator,” the president said. “May
God guide us, give us strength and wisdom, and may He continue
to bless our great country.”