Dear fellow Americans:
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Theodore Roosevelt Association send their deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost in the tragic events of Tuesday, Sept 11, 2001.
America has been robbed of the life, love, talent and energy of those lost. With so many of our members living or working in the New York City, DC and Boston areas it is difficult to estimate how many members and friends are directly or closely affected by these horrific events. Our hearts go out to you all.
It is sadly ironic that almost exactly 100 years ago, Americans experienced another national tragedy, the death of President William McKinley. As we grieve our losses today and yesterday, we are reminded how fragile life is, and how it can never be taken for granted.
Theodore Roosevelt applauded those who undertook the strenuous life, and proclaimed the valor of those "in the arena", the "doers of deeds." We too now applaud those heroic rescuers and volunteers, who are stepping forward to help those who are wounded or worse. By their deeds they demonstrate the very core of American values.
This excerpt from the words of Theodore Roosevelt come to mind. These words are dedicated now to the American people, especially those grieving and those working so hard to overcome this tragic attack:
"It is by no means necessary that a great nation should always stand at the heroic level. But no nation has the root of greatness in it unless in time of need it can rise to the heroic mood."
Fear God and Take Your Own Part, 1916
The Theodore Roosevelt Association
From: "Roosevelt Study Center"
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 11:13 AM
To: The Board of Directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Association
Words fail to express our feelings of shock and unbelief about the horrific event that took place yesterday. It is beyond imagination that human beings are capable of conceiving and carrying out such a horrible act of terrorism.
From the Netherlands we want you to know that we share your feelings of sorrow and disbelief. Our thoughts are with the American people on this dark moment in history. Together we should continue to fight for our common belief in democracy and human rights.
We wish you strength and courage in this difficult time. God bless you.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Study Center,
Gert de Kok President