In the wake of the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Centers, we remember former President George Bush’s iconic speech.
Just days after the worst terrorist attack on American soil, former president George Bush visited Ground Zero. He stood with rescue workers, police officers, and firefighters on top of what was once two busy 110-story Twin Towers.
Bush can be heard yelling to the people of New York and the world through a bullhorn.
“I want you all to know that America today, America today is on bended knee, in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn. This nation stands with the good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens.”
Rescue workers yelled back, “We can’t hear you!”
“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you,” replied Bush. “And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
People of the crowd start to cheer, “U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!”
Bush concludes with, “The nation sends its love and compassion to everybody who is here. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for making the nation proud, and may God bless America.”
On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the World Trade Center in New York City. Similarly, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was heading for Washington, DC, but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after brave passengers overtook the aircraft from hijackers.
It took only one hour and 42 minutes for both towers to fall.
More than 25,000 people were injured, and nearly 2,996 Americans lost their lives. Thousands of others have also perished from issues related to that dreadful day.
September 11 was the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history, as well as the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in U.S. history. As a result, roughly 343 firefighters and 72 police officers perished.
[H/T Fox 10 Phoenix]