George W. Bush Delivers 9/11 Anniversary Speech in Shanksville

Former President George W. Bush commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Saturday by speaking at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

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‘The actions of an enemy revealed the spirit of a people,’ George W. Bush says in Pennsylvania.

Sept. 11, 2021, 11:08 a.m. ET

Sept. 11, 2021, 11:08 a.m. ET

Former President Geroge W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the Flight 93 National Memorial outside Shanksville, Pa., on Saturday.Credit…Pete Marovich for The New York Times

Former President George W. Bush commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Saturday by speaking at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Bush was in his first year as president when the attacks took place. He was joined at the Flight 93 memorial by the former first lady, Laura Bush.

“For those too young to recall that clear September day, it is hard to describe the mix of feelings we experienced,” Mr. Bush said at a ceremony held at the memorial. “There was horror at the scale of destruction, and awe at the bravery and kindness that rose to meet it. There was shock at the audacity of evil, and gratitude for the heroism and decency that opposed it.”

He added that “the actions of an enemy revealed the spirit of a people, and we were proud of our wounded nation.”

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