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13 September 2001

Text: Bush Proclaims Sept. 14 a National Day of Remembrance for Victims

(He says "civilized people around the world denounce the evildoers")
(690)
President Bush has proclaimed September 14 to be a National Day of
Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on New
York City and Washington, DC September 11.
"Civilized people around the world denounce the evildoers who devised
and executed these terrible attacks," the President said. 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 cooperation friends
and allies to pursue those responsible for this evil, until justice is
done."
Following is the White House text:
(begin text)
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
- - - - - - -
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
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 faith.
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 God."
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 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
observances.
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
(end White House text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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