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Hope & the Future

In the days and weeks after the attacks, the Embassy, the consulates and America Houses received thousands and thousands of letters, poems, drawings, and pictures. Many of the most moving messages were from children.

The U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig sent packages of letters and drawings from German schoolchildren to schools in the United States. A teacher from a Chicago school wrote: „The packet of pictures and letters arrived at school today. The simplicity and genuineness of the pictures and messages reaches all who saw them and touches us deeply. We will make a display of the pictures on the wall adjacent to the Main Office, where all children and many parents pass by daily. I don’t know if you had a chance to look at all the pictures. They so clearly bear the caring and compassion of their artists. I am very grateful to you for sending them on. It is amazing that as large as this country is, our children here in the middle of the country feel the shock and the losses of New York and Washington as if they were known friends. Your reaching out to us will give them comfort.”

"Out of this evil will come good. Through our tears we see opportunities to make the world better for generations to come. And we will seize them."
President Bush at the Department of State. Washington, October 4, 2001. Fulltext

"Terrorism has cast a shadow across the globe. But the global resolve to defeat it has never been greater and the prospects for international cooperation across a broad range of issues has never been brighter."
"Seizing the Moment" by Secretary of State Colin Powell. This byliner was published in the Office of International Information Program's electronic journal "U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda," November 14. Fulltext

"Today, in Afghanistan, a girl will be born. Her mother will hold her and feed her, comfort her and care for her just as any mother would anywhere in the world. In these most basic acts of human nature, humanity knows no divisions… We have entered the third millennium through a gate of fire. If today, after the horror of 11 September, we see better, and we see further -- we will realize that humanity is indivisible."
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech. Stockholm, Dezember 10, 2001. Fulltext

"In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal - something we can show children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day. But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found."
President Bush. White House Commemoration of September 11. Washington, DC, December 11, 2001. Fulltext

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