Great harm has been done to us; we have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom, the great achievement of our time and the great hope of every time, now depends on us. Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail. ...
Even grief recedes with time and grace, but our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened; we will remember the moment the news came; where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue; some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever. ...
I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain: freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.
Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come.
In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may He watch over the United States of America.
President George W. Bush
Address to Congress - Sept. 20, 2001