Washington National Cathedral statement on 9/11

Posted Sep 7, 2012

[Washington National Cathedral] The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of Washington National Cathedral, has released the following statement to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks:

“Washington National Cathedral takes seriously its role of bringing Americans together to pray, commemorate, celebrate, and mourn—and for more than a decade now, one of the chief times for commemoration as well as mourning has been the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks that have indelibly marked this nation’s life. The heroism of the passengers and crew members of Flight 93, the courage of first responders everywhere, and the patience of those who have ministered to the suffering deserve our greatest respect. This example of service and sacrifice provides more significant a comment about humanity than the misguided hatred on display 11 years ago.

“Another part of the Cathedral’s most important ministries is to help the country to heal from its trauma and move past tremendous tragedy. This work began with the Cathedral’s significant 10-year commemoration last year, with its interfaith vigil, concerts, and participation by such figures as the president of the United States and the secretary of defense. This year the Cathedral joins again with religious, military, and governmental institutions to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. With the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and the Flight 93 National Memorial, we call the nation to pause on this anniversary to remember its heroes.

“As we consider the events of 9/11, we recognize that the healing process is by no means complete—and that we must dedicate ourselves anew to the kind of understanding and compassion that links nations and faiths through the bonds our Creator has established. Our services on September 11 this year will honor that intention with special prayers, remembering all who were lost and all who have continued to serve.”