Remembering September 11

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 11, 2010
President Obama at the September 11 Pentagon Memorial

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Today, President Obama marked the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks as a National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives. In his weekly address, President Obama said:

"Today, we pause to remember a day that tested our country. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the deadliest attack on American soil in our history. ...[W]hile nine years have come and gone since that September morning, the passage of time will never diminish the pain and loss forever seared in the consciousness of our nation.

"...And on this day, we recall that at our darkest moment, we summoned a sense of unity and common purpose. We responded to the worst kind of depravity with the best of our humanity.

"So, each year at this time, we renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act of terror and who continue to plot against us -- for we will never waver in defense of this nation. We renew our commitment to our troops and all who serve to protect this country, and to their families. But we also renew the true spirit of that day. Not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. Not the desire to destroy, but the impulse to save.""...This is a time of difficulty for our country. And it is often in such moments that some try to stoke bitterness -- to divide us based on our differences, to blind us to what we have in common. But on this day, we are reminded that at our best, we do not give in to this temptation. We stand with one another. We fight alongside one another. We do not allow ourselves to be defined by fear, but by the hopes we have for our families, for our nation, and for a brighter future. So let us grieve for those we've lost, honor those who have sacrificed, and do our best to live up to the values we share -- on this day, and every day that follows."

In honor of the day, the Corporation for National and Community Service is supporting hundreds of service activities in all fifty states. Thousands of volunteers are anticipated to take part. You can join this effort and honor, through service, the memories of those who perished by visiting serve.gov to find a volunteer opportunity near you.

Remembering September 11 nine years later, Secretary Clinton said, "Families and communities...pulled together to turn tragedy into a new birth of service and tolerance. We remember the pain of loss, but also the pride in our people and our country.""Today I join with all Americans in honoring those who lost their lives on that terrible day. My thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families, with those people who continue to suffer lasting health effects, and with the courageous men and women who are fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere to defeat those responsible for the attacks. Let us keep all of them in our hearts today and every day."

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David G.
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Florida, USA
September 11, 2010

David G. in Florida writes:

9/11/01 We were a United States of America.We were all one voice and the world herd our cry's. We had to do something. I just pray we didn't push our Government into an impossible situation then blame them. We ALL wanted our government to do something.

Michael K.
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New York, USA
September 11, 2010

Michael K. in New York writes:

I’d seen a commemorating smoke at the WTC and heard demands to build mosk nearby just a few moments ago.

How can I help locally 9/11 not to repeat?

VOLANA
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Madagascar
September 13, 2010

Volana in Madagascar writes:

I know that it's painful for you the event of sept11, beleive me I'll give you all my consolation, but, don't treat me bad if I show you my point view because all people have to die one day and they are too lucky not to suffer before dying, and, really, this day is their day, whatever it happened, you cannot change this event. I see most people who suffer in this planet who need help and treatment, there what you have to remind to limit their suffering (you can do something for them) but for the 3000 people who lost their life on Sept11, (you cannot anymore do something for them). You have to choose of doing something for someone who suffers, you save a new life, or doing something for someone who have died, you don't save anyone. Thank you, and, I wish that you think about it

palgye
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South Korea
September 13, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to,

Think of Japan`s election, is a truck driver

Japan prime Minister the election, it is hard to forecast. To reform the current Prime Minister does not like a young and complex network of relationships with people and help reform the powerful contacts and financial support, the existing powers to compromise with the forces you think you need to produce. Japan's economic position is very important. However, issue you want to say-no to talk to you again in Japan, but still hoping for a ....?- later, many suspect that the problem is likely to occur. It's a difficult situation alone, is not interested.

P.S
November election, proposed tactics - "close to the people" he'd like to talk. Relative and absolute deprivation, feeling anxious about the future and to control the consumption through contact with people face to face to get rid of alienation and of reform and created new jobs and economic system on a firm belief that through the media and the quiet intimacy of a meeting I think the possibility to show resolve. Speakers is too big for people tired of the opposition could lead to a sense I think.

Thank You.

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