"In four months, our nation will pause to look back on the events of September 11, 2001," said Harding to about 1,200 APA members and their guests in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "We will mourn for the thousands who perished in the clear morning air from that withering assault. While it is necessary and proper that we mourn, we also will celebrate the resilience of our country and the heroism of our countrymen, our firefighters, our rescue workers, our police, and yes—our psychiatric colleagues. In this audience are APA members from district branches in New York, the Washington area, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and the uniformed services. In these and other places, our members rose to the occasion, stood, and delivered the care necessary to begin the process of healing that each of our patients and the public’s health will require."