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 Centre 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 harboured 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
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,
honouring 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