Monday happened

America's resilience: U.S. showed that terrorist attacks could not destroy its determination.

September 18, 2001

SAY THIS about Americans: We do what needs to be done.

Six days after terrorists wrought previously unfathomable havoc on our largest city, we went back to work yesterday. Everywhere. Doing what we were doing before the tragedy.

Workers returned to Manhattan's financial district. The stock market ticked again -- slower, but steady nonetheless -- aided by the Federal Reserve's half-percentage-point cut in interest rates.

Much of the country's airline service resumed. Airport security has been tightened and travelers patiently waited their turn. Attorney General John Ashcroft said federal agents will be flying on commercial aircraft.

And in New York, old-fashioned ferries picked up the mass-transit slack, carrying commuters from Brooklyn to the Battery.

Major League Baseball -- in the throes of an incredible National League pennant race and a credible threat to the single-season home run record -- prepared for the first games in a week.

The message: This nation is moving again. It speaks volumes about our character and resilience. About our determination.

Yes, this country is deeply wounded by the shocking events of Sept. 11. And yes, many of us are fearful of what sacrifices we may be asked to make in the near future.

But we're moving on. Because there's nothing else to do.

Terrorism's goal is to shake the civilized world from its foundations, to plunge peaceful nations into chaos and havoc and deny normalcy to those who cherish it.

By that measure, last week's cowardly and horrifying acts were an abject failure. Just look around. Americans will not -- and cannot -- forget what happened, nor will we submit to the terror.

Life went on yesterday. It will again today and tomorrow.

That's what we have been called to do in the aftermath of this tragedy. Monday proved we're up to the task.

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