Saturday, September 11, 2004

The Guardian : Text of Sen. Kerry's Radio Address on September 11

Saturday September 11, 2004 4:46 PM

By The Associated Press

Text of the Democrats' weekly radio address to the nation, delivered by the party's presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry:

Good morning, this is John Kerry.

Three years ago today, on a bright September morning, a young couple took their 3-year-old daughter on her first airplane flight - American Flight 11, from Boston to Los Angeles. On that morning, a security guard stood watch at the World Trade Center, proud that in just six days he would become an American citizen. He had already told his wife to wear her nicest dress to the ceremony. On that morning, a firefighter left his pregnant wife, and reported for duty at Rescue Company 4 to fill in for someone else. It was supposed to be his day off.

On September 11, 2001, they and nearly 3,000 others were living out the daily rhythm of life in a nation at peace. But on that morning, in a single moment, they were lost, and our land was changed forever.

In the hours after the attacks, we drew strength from firefighters who ran up the stairs and risked their lives so that others might live. From rescuers who rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon. From the men and women of Flight 93 who sacrificed themselves to save our nations Capitol. They didn't think twice. They didn't look back. And their courage lifted our nation.

That was just the beginning. In the days that followed, we saw an outpouring of love as people across America and around the world asked themselves, ``What can I do to help?'' How can I, as the Scripture says, help repair the breach? Isaiah 58:12

In Whitehall Township, Pa., Christians and Jews came together to attend services at a local mosque. They came to support their Muslim friends and neighbors - and together, they prayed as one.

The people of Akron, Ohio, wanted to do something for the firefighters of New York. So they dug deep into their pockets and donated enough money to buy a fire truck, two ambulances, and three police cars.

And in Reno, Nevada, two little girls started a penny drive to help the families of the victims. They hoped, as one of them put it, to ``make their hearts feel better.''

So while September 11th was the worst day this nation has ever seen, it brought out the best in all of us.

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