|Dec 11 Event Will Show Americans Won't Forget |
Dec 11 Event Will Show Americans Won't Forget
By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) December 5, 2001 -- American leaders take every opportunity to tell the world why the United States is fighting a war against global terrorism.
On Dec. 11, President Bush is asking the citizens of the world to show they, too, understand the need to stand up against terror. Bush is asking countries to hold remembrance events and play their national anthems at the exact moment the first airplane stuck the World Trade Center in New York: 8:46 Eastern time.
U.S. service members at installations around the world are urged to participate.
Bush will lead the initiative at the White House with the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." He will ask the United Nations and all U.S. embassies, installations and agencies to hold similar events.
The initiative grew out of a Taliban communiqué released Nov. 20 stating that the United States should "forget" about the attacks of Sept. 11. White House officials said the United States refuses to forget the thousands of victims from more than 80 countries who perished in the attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field.
Following the ceremony at the White House, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will hold a brief remembrance at the Pentagon.