Monday, September 08, 2014

Last Weekend Was National Days of Prayer and Remembrance

In a Presidential Proclamation (full text) issued last Thursday, President Obama declared this past weekend (Sept 5-7) as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of 9-11. The Proclamation reads in part:
On this solemn anniversary, let us reaffirm the fundamental American values of freedom and tolerance -- values that stand in stark contrast to the nihilism of those who attacked us.  Let us give thanks for all the men and women in uniform who defend these values from new threats, and let us remember those who laid down their lives for our country.  May our faith reveal that even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn.....
I ask that  the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I invite people around the world to participate in this commemoration.