Bush to Mark Attacks Anniversary
WASHINGTON (AP) _ ``The Star-Spangled Banner″ will reverberate across the White House grounds Tuesday at 8:46 a.m. EST, marking the exact moment three months before that the first hijacked jet struck the World Trade Center.
President Bush, announcing the observance during an appearance in the Oval Office on Wednesday, asked America’s allies to play their own national anthems or other appropriate songs at the same time.
Bush said he wanted the observance to send a signal to the terrorists responsible for those attacks:
``They want us to be silent. They want us to shirk from our duties. They want us to forget what took place on September the 11th. We will not do so. The United States won’t do so and our friends and allies won’t do so. We won’t forget and we will bring them to justice. ... Civilization is at stake.″
In sync with the White House, the national anthem will also ring out from the Pentagon and sites in New York and Pennsylvania _ the three places where terrorist hijackers crashed jets on Sept. 11.
U.S. embassies and posts overseas will also participate, the White House said. And NASA is expected to hold a special remembrance in space, either aboard the space shuttle or space station.