Bush reads Lincoln letter at 9/11 ceremony in New York

At the ground zero ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former President George W. Bush read a letter written by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. 

The "Bixby letter" was sent to a mother who lost five sons on the Civil War.

The text of the letter:

Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.