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An ecumenical and interfaith memorial service after the terrorist attack on the United States of America, Canberra, ACT: address.



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ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY,  THE RIGHT REVEREND DR PETER HOLLINGWORTH AC OBE

GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

ON THE OCCASION OF

AN ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CANBERRA, ACT

WEDNESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2001

We have gathered here together to express our condolences and those of all the Australian people to the people of the United States of America.  To the President, the Government, and especially to all those who have lost their loved ones.  And to those who have been injured in this tragedy we offer our sympathy, solidarity and support.  Your grief is our grief; just as your resolve will be ours too.

We live in one world where the sufferings of one people are the sufferings of all of humanity.

That the world's most powerful nation has been so devastatingly and inhumanely attacked in its own national and commercial capitals, by ruthless terrorists killing and injuring so many innocent people shakes to the core our hopes for humanity and confidence in civilisation.

Already the United States along with many other nations of the world have made it clear through their leaders that they will resolve to work together to find the perpetrators and to bring them to justice.

Australians stood beside US forces during the dark days of World War Two and in many other theatres of war over the past fifty years.  To the American people we say we stand beside you today in your grief, in your horror, in your moral outrage and in your determination to resist the forces of evil and to make the world a safe and secure place for the future.

I call upon all Australians, whatever their belief, and upon all who belong within our different faith traditions, today and hereafter, to re-commit ourselves to peace, justice and freedom, and to renounce all forms of violence and evil.  To teach our children what is right.  To stand together without rancour as followers in the way that leads to peace and righteousness.  Such evil and disregard for the sanctity and value of human life does not form part of any of our traditions.

In a moment of silence let us then commit ourselves anew to these great hopes for humanity.