THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 13, 2001
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THE VICTIMS
OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked America
in a series of despicable acts of war. They hijacked four passenger
jets, crashed two of them into the World Trade Center’s twin towers,
a third into the Headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense
at the Pentagon, causing great loss of life and tremendous damage.
The fourth plane crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside, killing
all on board but falling well short of its intended target apparently
because of the heroic efforts of passengers on board. This carnage,
which caused the collapse of both Trade Center towers and the
destruction of part of the Pentagon, killed more than 250 airplane
passengers and thousands more on the ground.
Civilized people around the world denounce the
evildoers who devised and executed these terrible attacks. Justice
demands that those who helped or harbored the terrorists be punished
— and punished severely. The enormity of their evil demands it.
We will use all the resources of the United States and our cooperating
friends and allies to pursue those responsible for this evil,
until justice is done.
We mourn with those who have suffered great and
disastrous loss. All our hearts have been seared by the sudden
and sense-less taking of innocent lives. We pray for healing and
for the strength to serve and encourage one another in hope and
Scripture says: "Blessed are those who mourn
for they shall be comforted." I call on every American family
and the family of America to observe a National Day of Prayer
and Remembrance, honoring the memory of the thousands of victims
of these brutal attacks and comforting those who lost loved ones.
We will persevere through this national tragedy and personal loss.
In time, we will find healing and recovery; and, in the face of
all this evil, we remain strong and united, "one Nation under
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 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer
and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September
11, 2001. I ask that the people of the United States and places
of worship mark this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance with
noontime memorial services, the ringing of bells at that hour,
and evening candlelight remembrance vigils. I encourage employers
to permit their workers more time off during the lunch hour to
attend the noontime services to pray for our land. I invite the
people of the world who share our grief to join us in these solemn
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand
this thirteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two
thousand one, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and twenty-sixth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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