IN THE WAR
I recently received a touching letter that says a lot about the state of America in these difficult times, a letter from a fourth grade girl with a father in the military.
"As much as I don't want my dad to fight,'' she wrote, `"I'm willing to give him to you.''
This is a precious gift. The greatest she could give. This young girl knows what America is all about.
Since September 11, an entire generation of young Americans has gained new understanding of the value of freedom and its cost and duty and its sacrifice.
The battle is now joined on many fronts. We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.
Thank you. May God continue to bless America.
GEORGE W. BUSH
From speech given after the first strikes on Sunday, 7th October 2001