“The Bible tells us, ‘Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning,’” President Obama said Sunday, Sept 11, 2011, a speech at ‘A Concert for Hope.’ The event was originally scheduled for the National Cathedral but, due to earthquake damage and a construction accident, was held instead at the Kennedy Center.
“Today, it is worth remembering what has not changed,” Obama said. “Our character as a nation has not changed. Our faith -– in God and in each other –- that has not changed. Our belief in America, born of a timeless ideal that men and women should govern themselves; that all people are created equal, and deserve the same freedom to determine their own destiny –- that belief, through tests and trials, has only been strengthened.”
President Obama closed: “With a just God as our guide, let us honor those who have been lost, let us rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our nation, and let us look to the future with hearts full of hope.”
“May God bless the memory of those we lost, and may God bless the United States of America.”