After the wreath-laying ceremony, the president and first lady attended a service at Trinity Church, an Episcopal church near ground zero.
“It’s hard not to think about the people who lost their lives on September the 11th, 2001,” Bush said after the service. “You know, you see the relatives of those who still grieve, and I just wish there was some way we could make them whole. So, tomorrow’s going to be a day of sadness for a lot of people.”
But it’s also a day for affirming the nation’s fight against terrorists who would commit such acts against the American people and its allies, he said.
“It’s also a day of remembrance, and I vowed that I’m never going to forget the lessons of that day,” he said. “And we spent time in there, looking at some of the horrific scenes inside this fantastic place of healing, and it just reminded me that there’s still an enemy out there that would like to inflict the same kind of damage again. And so tomorrow’s also a day of renewing resolve.”