From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
 

Pelosi Remarks at Congressional 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

September 11, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke today at the Congressional 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on the West Front Terrace of the U.S. Capitol. Below are her remarks.

'We are brought together, in this place, by our love of country, by our admiration of exalted character, by our gratitude for signal services and patriotic devotion.'
"These were the words spoken by Daniel Webster two centuries ago at the dedication of the monument at Bunker Hill. And they are words that capture the spirit that brings us here today. Two years removed from that terrible morning, we are brought together in this place by our love of country in a national day of prayer and remembrance.

9/11 Remembrance"We remember the 'exalted character' of men and women whose lives were shattered in an instant, but whose memory is etched forever in the hearts of loved ones and the history of a nation. And we pray for their families -- the unbearable loss, the pain that endures, the grief that knows no end.

"We remember the 'signal services' of citizens who became heroes -- who risked their lives so that others might live. Indeed, we stand here today mindful that we might not be doing so were it not for the courage of heroes we never met.

"And we remember the 'patriotic devotion' of all those who have answered their country’s call, and who have given the 'last full measure of their devotion.'

"But we must do more than simply remember them. We must honor them by building a future, a world, and a nation worthy of their sacrifice. And so in their name, we pledge again: United as a country, we will seek out and hold responsible those who attacked us two years ago. And united as country, we will keep alive the spirit of September 11th as displayed in the final courageous moments of the lives we remember today:

"A spirit where strangers help strangers -- where we ask what we can do for our country and for each other; a spirit where we look at each other not by race or religion or creed or orientation, only as Americans; and a spirit where we truly are 'one nation, under God, indivisible.'

"May God grant eternal peace to those lost, and strength and grace to their families. And may God continue to bless America."


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