President Bush has rallied Americans to fight terrorism and preserve the good that has resulted from the September 11th terrorist attacks.
In a speech late Thursday in (the city of) Atlanta, (in the southeastern state of) Georgia, that was broadcast nationwide, Mr. Bush said the United States is a different country after the attacks -- "less innocent," but also "stronger and more united."
Mr. Bush spoke before thousands of firefighters, police postal workers and other public servants. He called them the nation's new heroes.
He said the global war on terrorism is being fought on many fronts and many countries and that the United States will persevere in the struggle, no matter how long it takes to prevail.
Mr. Bush said the United States is a nation "awakened to danger", but not intimidated. He urged citizens to turn fear into action by becoming volunteers in their communities, including hospitals, schools, at military facilities or by training for emergency service work.
The President also called on U-S lawmakers to quickly enact an airport security bill and economic stimulus package.
Mr. Bush said that the past two months have been the most difficult, but also the most inspiring months in U-S history, because of the way Americans have responded with courage and compassion.