11 October 2001

Lieutenant JJ Edmondson
Clyde Rural Fire Brigade
Clyde Road
CLYDE VIC 3978

Dear Lieutenant Edmondson,

Thank you for your expression of support to the American people.

Free men and women everywhere recognise that the attacks of September 11 were made not just against buildings or even any one nation, but against all civilisation. It gives Americans great encouragement to know we do not stand along in these difficult days, and it is no surprise to find our friends in Australia standing with us.

I will convey your thoughts to my fellow Americans, both in and out of government. We are fortunate to have friends like you in the world.

Your sincerely,

David L Lyon
Consul General