The seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has been marked in Washington with a solemn ceremony outside the Pentagon, where President Bush dedicated a memorial to the victims.
He spoke of the response to the attacks, saying, "We did not tire, we did not falter and we did not fail." He hailed U.S. troops who "have taken the fight to the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home."
Bush says the "character and courage of those who defend liberty" makes him optimistic about the future. He said thanks to the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, "there has not been another attack" on U.S. soil in the more than 2,500 days since 9/11. He also said he prays that a day of "peace will come."
Earlier at the White House, the president, alongside his wife Laura, Vice President Cheney and Cheney's wife Lynne, marked a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York.
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