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N.J. Governor James McGreevey Reads Words of Eleanor Roosevelt

Aired September 11, 2003 - 10:00   ET

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GOV. JAMES MCGREEVEY, NEW JERSEY: Eleanor Roosevelt wrote about the courage it takes to face our fears. She spoke from a personal sense of loss during a time of global uncertainty.
"Painfully, step by step, I learned to stare down each of my fears, conquer it, attain the hard-earned courage to go on to the next. Only then was I really free.

"Of all the knowledge we acquire in this life, this is the most difficult, but it is also the most rewarding. With each victory, no matter how great the cost or how agonizing at the time, there comes increased confidence and strength to help meet the next fear.

"I haven't ever believed that anything supported by fear can stand against the freedom from fear. Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it's easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight, just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, discovering we have the strength to stare it down."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is Judy Burner. My father, Greg Burner (ph), was a Port Authority police officer. This is a poem that I would like to read to you today.

Life is for me and is shining. I do not want fires screaming up to the sky. I do not want families killed in your doorways. Life is for us. For the children. Life is for mothers and fathers. Life is for the tall girls and boys in the high school on Henderson street. It's for the people in African tents. The people in English cathedrals. The people in Indian courtyards. The people in cottages all over the world. Life is for us and is shining. We have a right to sing.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: We've been listening to the beautiful voices of the children's chorus at ground zero in New York City, and the name reading goes on. They are at the letter K.

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