Bush to mark 9/11 in address

September 09, 2006|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON -- President Bush plans to deliver a speech to the nation from the Oval Office on Monday evening, on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, to reflect on what the terrorist strikes meant to the nation and to address what the United States still must do to fight terrorism, his spokesman said yesterday.

The 9 p.m. speech will conclude Bush's participation in two days of commemorations of the attacks, which reshaped his presidency as well as the nation's foreign and intelligence policies.

Before delivering the speech, Bush will take part Monday in memorial ceremonies at all three sites where hijacked planes crashed Sept. 11, 2001 - in New York City, in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said Bush's speech would avoid a partisan tone.

Tomorrow, Bush is to take part in two ceremonies in New York: the presentation of a wreath at Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center towers stood, and a service at a nearby church.

The next morning, the president will have breakfast with New York City emergency crews, observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first of two airplanes struck the trade center, and then take part in a formal commemoration of the attacks.

From New York, he will fly to Pennsylvania to visit the site near the town of Shanksville where United Flight 93 went down after passengers tried to seize control from hijackers. At midafternoon, he will present a wreath at the Pentagon, which was struck by a fourth airplane.

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