Bush Proclaims Friday a Day of Prayer


"Scripture says: 'Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted,'" read the proclamation.

In response to Tuesday's terrorist attacks, President Bush issued a proclamation today calling on Americans to observe a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance on Friday, Sept. 14.

"I ask that the people of the United States and places of worship mark this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance with noontime memorial services, the ringing of bells at that hour, and evening candlelight remembrance vigils," Bush proclaimed.

The proclamation also invited "the people of the world who share our grief to join us in these solemn observances."

The European Union has declared Friday a day of mourning for its 15 member states, according to CNN.com. Member states include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

On Sept. 11, Bush issued a proclamation ordering the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House, all public buildings and military installations until sunset on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The lowering of the flag represents "a mark of respect for those killed by the heinous acts of violence perpetrated by faceless cowards upon the people and the freedom of the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001," read the proclamation.

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