Business and Civic Leaders Reflect on September 11

The following is the fifth in a series of quotes collected from business and civic leaders worldwide reflecting on the anniversary of September 11.

PR Newswire will continue to compile these reflections to aid journalists in their coverage and give members a vehicle to express their views. A full list of these quotes to date, plus other stories related to September 11, is available at, under the special section called Hot Topics.

The following is the roundup for Wednesday, September 11, 2002:

"Fundamentalism, racism, and nationalism were what motivated the violent attacks of September 11th, 2001. We must not respond from those same places in our own hearts. Rather, as President Lincoln said, we must express the `better angels of our nature.' When children of God die through no fault of their own, whether in New York, Afghanistan, or Iraq, we must feel the pain that originates in the very heart of God. Religion should not be a source of division, hatred or violence. Our faith should lead us to compassion, forgiveness and ultimately to peace. Inspired by the police officers and firefighters who laid down their lives attempting to rescue people from the World Trade Center, let us seek to rescue our world from division, hatred and war. Only the truly brave dare follow the example of the one who said, `blessed are the peacemakers'." -- Rev. Michael Piazza, Dean of the Cathedral of Hope, Dallas, TX.

  Contact: Rev. Michael Piazza, Dean of the Cathedral of Hope, 214-351-1901


"On the anniversary of September 11th, all of us at Chadbourne & Parke join with all Americans in remembering and reflecting on the events of that terrible day. Today, we not only remember the horrific events of September 11th, but also honor the bravery and heroism of our police, fire and rescue personnel -- as well as the men and women of Flight 93 -- who sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others.

"As we mark this anniversary, Chadbourne attorneys continue to be involved in on-going World Trade Center/Pentagon pro bono matters, including estate administration cases, custody cases and cases assisting clients in filing claims with the Federal Fund. On an on-going basis, Chadbourne's trusts and estates attorneys also serve as mentors to firms that are providing assistance to 9/11 victims and their families, but do not have trusts and estates lawyers. For Chadbourne, as for most Americans, the recovery effort continues." -- Charles K. O'Neill, Managing Partner of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

  Contact: Andrew Blum, PR Manager of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, 212-728-4519.


"All of us at the National Academies join our nation and the world in mourning the victims of the unimaginable September 11th attack. A year later, we remain devastated by the loss of thousands of lives -- innocent citizens from more than 80 nations -- in New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.

"We may have lost our collective innocence that day, but we now truly know the face of terrorism: It is cruel, inhuman, and calculating, lying in wait to strike at us whenever and wherever we are most vulnerable.

"As always, the goal of the National Academies is finding new ways to use science and technology to improve the lives of people everywhere. That work has become more urgent now. If our grandchildren are to live in an open, free society and not inside a walled fortress, we must devote even more ingenuity and resources to ensure the stability and development of successful, democratic nations throughout the world." -- Statement of Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences on September 11th.

Contact: Doug Strassler, Assistant Publicist of the National Academy Press, 202-334-3207.

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