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Despite the horrific loss of life and destruction on September 11, 2001, the Nation drew strength and unity from its citizens as well as the world’s citizens. What follows is a small sample of the thousands of condolence materials that poured into the United States’ embassies located around the globe; from individuals, families, schools, businesses, organizations, and governments all representing over 100 countries. In the days, weeks, months, and years following September 11th, condolences arrived on letters, postcards, sympathy journals, cards, newspapers, mass mailers, children’s drawings, posters, flags, paper flowers and doves, ribbons, photographs, and bits of paper. These condolence materials are messages of hope, sympathy, and appeals for peace addressed to the President, the American people, the citizens of New York City, orphaned children, and all who lost someone in the tragedy. Upon review, it quickly becomes evident that although the terrorists had attacked the United States, the world remained interconnected by its common humanity.