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    I woke this morning to the terrible news of the events in the US over the past hours. My thoughts are with all Americans particularly those close to these terrible acts in NY.

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    Thanks, Mike. We Yanks are still reeling from the impact of the attack. Since we officially and personally discourage hatred, it's hard for us to comprehend that kind of fanaticism. I'm sure all of us appreciate your concern.
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    Definitely appreciated.
    I pray that all of our other loungers, family and friends in NYC, DC and PA are all safe.
    be safe...

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    Charlotte and all our American friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    It's not just the Americans who are in shock, myself, wife and 15 year old daughter were all in tears this morning when we heard the horrific news.

    God bless you all!
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    There are no words to convey the despair myself and my colleagues here feel about these events.
    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Be strong for each other.
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    I just don't understand how anyone could do such thing. Its very sad when you think about where the world is going to. Lets just hope that nothing like this ever happen again. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

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    May I also add deep and heartfelt condolences to my American friends. Every one of my co-workers and acquaintances are profoundly saddened by these events.

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    I echo the sentiments posted: I'm in Toronto and many of our downtown towers closed around 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. We have staff with friends or relatives or colleagues in NY & area. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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    Thank you, everyone. The support we are feeling is immensely comforting. As I watched the news reports tonight, I found myself sobbing again (and I'm not an overly emotional person). This time not for the loss, but for the love showed by our friends, old and new, around the world. I heard people across the world singing our national anthem and our battle hymn, taking time from their busy days to remember in silence and prayer, the losses suffered on our mainland.
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    Re: Tragedy - Impressions from Canada's Mourning

    The following is some of my impressions of the National Day of Mourning Ceremony held on Parliment Hill in Ottawa today. I sent this message to those members of my family and friends who could not be there, and I thought that other Canadians and Americans might be interested.
    As always, I tend to see the humour in all settings and a smile during emotional times helps us get through...
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    I left the office (along with all of my co-workers)at about 11:45. Parliment Hill is a short walk from our office, but it still took 15 minutes to get there due to the thousands of people converging on the Hill. News reports later estimated that over 100,000 people attended. I am not comfortable in huge crowds, yet everyone was quiet, calm, respectful. Many people were carrying American flags. Normally, waving an American flag on Parliment Hill would raise eyebrows, yet seemed perfectly natural today.

    As we settled into place (near the East Block), the Peace Tower clock struck 12 and the crowd became perfectly silent....
    You could hear the flags flying at half-mast snapping in the breeze.

    The programme started by singing "Oh Canada". All of you have heard me snort over how confused Canadians are about the lyrics to "Oh Canada". Still, hearing the Mountie tenor sing, accompanied by over a 100,000 people humming was quite touching.

    Next came the American anthem and the most emotional portion of the ceremony. Many Americans were in attendance and hearing people singing the "Star Spangled Banner" while they were crying was very moving. Many people wept at this point. However, I didn't dare. Since I am so short the camera man who was filming the people weeping in the crowd was standing right in front of me, filming over my shoulder. I am vain enough not to want to see my snotty nose on TV (I'm sure you'll join me in that). I tried to compose myself to an aloof demeanor as I gradually tilted further and further out of the way. Fortunately, he moved on before I tipped over.

    As you might guess*, we couldn't hear all of <A target="_blank" HREF=http://pm.gc.ca/default.asp?Language=E&Page=newsroom&Sub=Speeches& Doc=nationalmourningday.20010914_e.htm>Chretien's speech </A>. It was very simple and direct.
    The US ambassador also spoke He is an excellent public speaker, clear voiced with good diction ( I speak for a living, I notice these things).

    A piper played a lament. Nothing sounds more mournful than a bagpipe.

    Adrienne Clarkson, the Governor General also spoke, but was so poorly miked no-one outside of her immediate area had any idea of what she said. Her website is not yet carrying the text of her remarks.
    The GG introduced 3 minutes of silence and until the large bell on the Peace Tower tolled the crowd became amazingly quiet.

    I am glad I went. I hope it provided comfort to the Americans in attendance, and those watching on TV.
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    *Chretien's unintelligible speech in both official languages, is something of a running gag in Canada. It allows him to claim he was misquoted whenever convenient.
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    Re: Tragedy - Impressions from Canada's Mourning

    Here's a site that is really impressive, even to a non-American:

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    Re: Tragedy - Impressions from Canada's Mourning

    From around the World.
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    Re: Tragedy

    This is something which affects all of us. It has hurt the USA, but has affected everyone. We all feel the pain.

    Today in Australia was a national day of mourning. Churches and places of worship were filled across the country. As was reported on our news reports, many felt that this was the only thing they could do to help- to pray for those who were gone, those who were left, and for the future.

    I attended a local church. It was not a special service- but the US ambassador came and spoke. When the events happened in New York and Washington, he was in Washington, where our prime minister had been having talks with President Bush the previous evening.

    He stated that this is something which affected all of us- in all countries- and all religions. Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Buddhist and Muslim were all affected- and he would be speaking to all of these.

    He said that they sought justice, not revenge.

    I, for one, hope that this is what will happen.

    I did want to share that people across the world are with you, thinking of you, and sharing your pain.
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