Ambassador William S. Farish
Thursday, 11 September 2003
Your Royal Highness, Secretaries of State, Lord Mayor, Mister Mayor, Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Welcome to Grosvenor Square, whose long history is at the heart of the friendship between the United States and the United Kingdom. Here memorials to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the men of the Eagle Squadrons remind all who pass of our great partnership.
Even as the horrific events of September 11 were still unfolding in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, people by the thousands began to pour into Grosvenor Square. They came to offer help, to leave messages and to present tokens of sympathy and solidarity, to try and make some sense of the violent deaths of more than 3,000 innocent people from over 90 different countries. Americans and Britons, joined by people of many other nationalities, all came here to grieve.
This outpouring of sympathy and support etched a new chapter in this Square’s long history. It is only fitting that it be chosen to serve as a living memorial to the husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It is also fitting that this beautiful garden be a quiet place of contemplation and reflection.
Today, we inaugurate this living memorial to pay tribute to the people of the United Kingdom who lost so many of their own on that tragic day.
Please rise for a moment of silence to remember all those who lost their lives in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania two years ago.