May 30, 2002
"How will we ever get through this?" is the question I asked on the night of September 11.
Maybe the answer is here, all around me. Not just in the cleanup, not just in the purpose demonstrated by all who came and labored in these months.
The answer is in the enduring spirits of all assembled here. That, for me, is the miracle in all of this: having looked horror in the face, we bear the pain without losing heart.
-- Thomas Von Essen