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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
September 12, 2001

Mrs. Bush's Letter to Middle and High School Students Following Terrorist Attacks

Dear Students:

On September 11, 2001, many Americans lost mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends in a national tragedy. Those who knew them are feeling a great loss, and you may be feeling sorrow, fear and confusion as well.

The feelings and thoughts that surround this tragedy are as plentiful as they are conflicting. I want to reassure you that there are many people -- including your family, your teachers, and your school counselors -- who are there to listen to you.

September 11 changed our world. But with each story of sorrow and pain comes one of hope and courage. As we move forward, all of us have an opportunity to become better people and to learn valuable lessons about heroism, love and compassion.

As we mourn those who died, let us remember that as Americans, we can be proud and confident that we live in a country that symbolizes freedom and opportunity to millions throughout the world. Our nation is strong, and our people resilient. We have a well-earned reputation for pulling together in the worst of times to help each other.

I send my best wishes and my hope that you will always take care of your family, friends, neighbors and those in need.


Laura Bush

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