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September  11

  On this day, we are all remembering what happened one year ago.   We gathered for quarters on the heli-deck at 12:20.  As Captain Mackenzie called us to gather around, he read a proclamation by the President of the United States of America.  I am writing this today in remembrance of all those affected by this day in history, September 11, 2001.

  On this first observance of Patriot Day, we remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  We will not forget the events of that terrible morning nor will we forget how Americans responded in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania - with heroism and selflessness; with compassion and courage; and with prayer and hope.  We will always remember our collective obligation to ensure that justice is done, that freedom prevails, and that the principles upon which our Nation was founded endure.

 Inspired by the heroic sacrifices of our firefighters, rescue and law enforcement personnel, military service members, and other citizens, our Nation found unity, focus, and strength.  We found healing in the national outpouring of compassion for those lost, as tens of millions of Americans participated in moments of silence, candlelight vigils, and religious services.  From the tragedy of September 11 emerged a stronger Nation, renewed by a spirit of national pride and the true love of country.

  We are a people dedicated to the triumph of freedom and democracy over evil and tyranny.  The heroic stories of the first responders who gave their all to save others strengthened our resolve.  And our Armed Forces have pursued the war against terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere with valor and skill.  Together with our coalition partners, they have achieved success.

  Americans also have fought back against terror by choosing to overcome evil with good.  By loving their neighbors as they would like to be loved, countless citizens have answered the call to help others.  They have contributed to relief efforts, improved homeland security in their communities and volunteered their time to aid those in need.  This spirit of service continues to grow as thousands have joined the newly established USA Freedom Corps, committing themselves to changing America one heart at a time through the momentum of millions of acts of decency and kindness.

  Those whom we lost last Sept. 11 will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts and in the history of our Nation.  As we mark the first anniversary of that tragic day, we remember their sacrifice; and we commit ourselves to honoring their memory by pursuing peace and justice in the world and security at home.  By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has authorized and requested the President to designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day."

George W. Bush

  After this was read out loud to the crew and to scientists a moment of silence was given.  As for me and many others aboard the USCGC Polar Star, our thoughts and prayers are with you on this day.