The World Will Always Remember September 11
Remarks by President Bush
December 11, 2001
A great writer has said that the struggle of humanity against
tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting. When we
fight terror, we fight tyranny; and so we remember. We remember
the perfect blueness of the sky that Tuesday morning. We remember
the children traveling without their mothers when their planes
We remember the cruelty of the murderers and the pain and anguish
of the murdered. Every one of the innocents who died on September
the 11th was the most important person on earth to somebody. Every
death extinguished a world.
We remember the courage of the rescue workers and the outpouring
of friendship and sympathy from nations around the world. We remember
how we felt that day: our sadness, the surge of love for our country,
our anger, and our determination to right this huge wrong.
Today, the wrong is being righted and justice is being done.
We still have far to go. And many dangers lie ahead. Yet, there
can be no doubt how this conflict will end. Our enemies have made
the mistake that America's enemies always make. They saw liberty
and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.
In time, this war will end. But our remembrance never will. All
around this beautiful city are statues of our heroes, memorials,
museums and archives that preserve our national experience, our
achievements and our failures, our defeats and our victories.
This republic is young, but its memory is long. Now, we have
inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It's a memory of
tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss
and mourning. It's also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice,
and the love that lays down its life for a friend -- even a friend
whose name it never knew.
We are privileged to have with us the families of many of the
heroes on September the 11th, including the family of Jeremy Glick
of Flight 93. His courage and self-sacrifice may have saved the
White House. It is right and fitting that it is here we pay our
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
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.
And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by
doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom's home
and freedoms defender. God bless. (Applause.)