Washington (CNN) – Commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, President Barack Obama proclaimed this weekend, Friday though Sunday, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.
“Today, our nation still faces great challenges, but this last decade has proven once more that, as a people, we emerge from our trials stronger than before,” Obama said in a statement Friday.
The president called on Americans to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks through activities such as prayer, memorial services, the ringing of bells, and evening candlelight remembrance vigils.
Obama also urged citizens to remember those among “the 9/11 generation” of service members who have “come of age bearing the burden of war,” with some paying the ultimate sacrifice.
“During these days of prayer and remembrance, a grateful nation gives thanks to all those who have given of themselves to make us safer,” Obama said.
Obama will attend memorial services at all three attack sites – New York, Washington and Pennsylvania – this weekend.
The proclamation comes in the wake of faith-based groups expressing opposition toward New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who stirred controversy when deciding to exclude religious leaders from the World Trade Center memorial service on Sunday.
Prominent politicians have also come out against the decision. On Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said religion played a key role in the days following the attacks by offering people some “strength to move on.”
“Just get them up. Say a little prayer,” Giuliani said at the National Press Club in Washington Tuesday. “The microphone will not melt if you say a prayer.”
In his statement Friday, Obama did not address the clergy issue, but focused on the memory of those who lost their lives 10 years ago.
“We continue to stand with their families and loved ones, while striving to ensure the legacy of those we lost is a safer, stronger, and more resilient nation,” Obama said.
- CNN's Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.
Ever hear of Rick Rescorla? He was the head of security at Morgan Stanley at the World Trade Center south tower on 9/11. He helped thousands escape the burning tower, but died when it collapsedl because he'd gone back in to make sure everyone was out.
The San Francisco Opera is premiering tonight "Heart of a Soldier, an opera about his life and his sacrifice. The opera was inspired by the book of the same name, written by "New Yorker" writer James Stewart.
Just wanted to get that out there ahead of all the rightwingers who claim that Liberals don't care about our country nor understand the tragedy of 9/11.
P.S. I heard the story about Rick Rescorla and the opera honoring him today on NPR ...
Thank you Mister President for the offering of prayer. I pray being a Republican that we can cast aside our differences and come together with the Democrats in brining this nation back to the wonderful Christian nation it was. I pray for the ACLU for they know not what they do. I pray for our brothers, red, black, brown, yellow and white that we may all gather in fellowship and quit being critical of the other party. We as party members have each had our chance to change this nation to bring it back to Christanity and the Constitution. We all have come up short. May we, Dear Lord have understanding so that we will quit saying sarcastic remarks about our President and the now canidates who would have his job. If they succeed may they do so in harmony with the nation behind them supporting them. May we as a Nation come together and support the President, President Obama, help and guide him in the direction you would have this nation go and igf he regains the Presidency, congradulate him and wholeheartedly get behind him. For he has the burden of this nation's welfare on his shoulders. We have said, and I Dear Lord have been very guilty of doing so. I am not a racist, but I have said racist words against my brothers, please forgive me as I pray that you will forgive the ones who have sarcastically said harsh words against another. Please forgive us, so help me God. AMEN
cant wait to see how rush and fox turn this into another one of their lame stream media rants against President Obama.
God bless our president and bless the united state of America.
I am certain the House Republicans immediatley passed a resolution against this. John Boehner states that since Obama is not a U.S. Citizen and obviously not Christian, his proclamation is a slap against Christianity and he will work tirelessly to get it repealed, if not now, after the 2012 election. Eric Cantor asks, "Which progarms are we going to gut to pay for this expensive and partisan. proclamation?"