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"These past 10 years tell a story of resilience. It will be said of us that we kept that faith; that we took a painful blow, and emerged stronger." — President Barack Obama, speaking at a memorial concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington

"I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement." — President George W. Bush in New York, reading from a letter that President Abraham Lincoln wrote to a mother believed to have lost five sons in the Civil War

"Never before in our history has America asked so much over such a sustained period of an all-volunteer force. So I can say without fear of contradiction or being accused of exaggeration, the 9/11 generation ranks among the greatest our nation has ever produced, and it was born — it was born — it was born right here on 9/11." — Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a ceremony at the Pentagon

"I love you for loving the idea of having me. You gave me the gift of life and I wish you could be here to enjoy having it with me." — Nicholas Gorki, whose father, Sebastian Gorki, died while his mother was still pregnant with him

"I hope in heaven there's always fresh coffee, cold beer and the Yankees win the World Series." — Christopher Waters, whose dad, Patrick J. Waters, was working for the New York Fire Department when he died

"Mom, I'm proud to be your daughter, you will always be a hero and the pride of New York City." — Patricia Smith, who was 2 years old when her mother, police Officer Moira Smith, died helping survivors flee the World Trade Center

"I have stopped crying, but I have not stopped missing my dad. … I decided to become a forensic scientist. I hope that I can make my father proud of the young men my brother and I have become." — Peter Negron, who was 12 when his father, Pete, died at the trade center

"If tears could build a stairway … we would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again." — Judith Mojica, sister of Dennis Mojica, a firefighter who died at the trade center

"Let us not forget. This was not a natural disaster. It was caused by radical Islamists." — Carlo Notaro, whose daughter, Daniela Rosalia Notaro, died at the trade center.

Sept. 11 quotes 09/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2011 9:38am]
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