Editor’s Note: These remarks were made by President George W. Bush at Ellis Island, New York one year after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
September 11, 2002
THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. A long year has passed since enemies attacked our country. We’ve seen the images so many times they are seared on our souls, and remembering the horror, reliving the anguish, re-imagining the terror, is hard — and painful.
For those who lost loved ones, it’s been a year of sorrow, of empty places, of newborn children who will never know their fathers here on earth. For members of our military, it’s been a year of sacrifice and service far from home. For all Americans, it has been a year of adjustment, of coming to terms with the difficult knowledge that our nation has determined enemies, and that we are not invulnerable to their attacks.