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The World Will Always Remember September 11

President Bush has asked countries across the world to hold remembrance events and to play their national anthems or appropriate music on December 11 (the three-month anniversary of the September 11 attacks) at the exact moment the first airplane struck the World Trade Center in New York (8:46 EST). The President has also asked the United Nations and U.S. embassies, posts and agencies to hold events in countries around the world. The President has also encouraged the U.S. Congress and citizens all across the world to join in this remembrance on December 11 by holding similar events in their communities.

President George W. Bush will lead the worldwide initiative with the playing of the national anthem on December 11 at a White House event at 8:46 a.m. (EST). This event will be web cast live on the White House web site.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will host a ceremony at the Pentagon at 9:30 a.m. EST, Dec. 11, 2001, to commemorate the moment the building was struck on September 11th. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force, will join Rumsfeld in the ceremony, which will be held at the Pentagon crash site.

A World United

President Tours Pentagon
"Our country will, however, not be cowed by terrorists, by people who don't share the same values we share, by people who are willing to destroy people's lives because we embrace freedom."

Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People
"This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom."

White House photo by Eric Draper.

National Anthem of the United States: Star Spangled Banner
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Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there.
O, say, does that
Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free
And the home of the brave?

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