There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven;
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace."
Today we Americans mourn our loss, honor our dead, and welcome our friends in grieving with us. We bow down and pray to our God to protect us and help us. We gather strength and purpose in our tears and prayers. We are filled with the grim responsiblity that we stand between tyranny and freedom for much of the world.
We resolve to ensure that freedom will endure, and that the evil madmen who tried to enslave us with fear will die knowing that they failed.
They failed. The world--even their compatriots--are filled with disgust at their slaughter and corruption.
They failed. We stand strong.
They failed. Our country rises up defiant.
And we are already victorious.