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National Cathedral commemorative program.
This magazine-style publication was produced after the National Day of Remembrance ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, and contains photographs of participants and portions of speeches.

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Source: Gift of the White House


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Presidential materials
Description: This collection of material from the White House includes a program from the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance and a speech delivered by President George W. Bush to a joint session of Congress.

Context: In the summer of 2001, following his challenging election, with a divided Congress and sinking economy, it was unclear whether President George W. Bush would be able to carry out his political agenda. Everything changed with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the President garnered widespread bipartisan support for his efforts to rally the nation in the time of crisis. President Bush directed resources toward rescue and recovery work, led the country in mourning, and commanded a legal and military response to terrorism.

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Program for the National Day of Remembrance service
In times of national emergencies Americans have traditionally looked to the President for assurance and guidance. On September 14, 2001, at the request of the White House, the Washington National Cathedral hosted an interfaith service of prayer and remembrance. [...]
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Printed copy of Presidential address to Congress
Reminiscent of Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to Congress after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President George W. Bush on September 20, 2001 addressed the world in a speech before a joint session of Congress. Frustrated at the lack of cooperation [...]
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2002 Annual Awards Program, White House News Photographers' Association
The President was deeply moved by the ceremony and adamant in his resolve to do something in response to the terrorists’ attacks.

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