George W. Bush: "Remarks at the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance," September 14, 2001

It is said that adversity introduces us to ourselves.  This is true of a nation as well.  In this trial, we have been reminded and the world has seen that our fellow Americans are generous and kind, resourceful and brave.  We see our national character in rescuers working past exhaustion, in long lines of blood donors, in thousands of citizens who have asked to work and serve in any way possible.  And we have seen our national character in eloquent acts of sacrifice:  Inside the World Trade Center, one many who could have saved himself stayed until the end and at the side of his quadriplegic friend.  A beloved priest died giving the last rites to a firefighter.  Two office workers, finding a disabled stranger, carried her down 68 floors to safety.  A group of men drove through the night from Dallas to Washington to bring skin grafts for burned victims.  In these acts and many others, Americans showed a deep commitment to one another and and abiding love for our country.