Person of the Year Shares Honor With Fellow New Yorkers

By Michael L. Betsch | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

( - Time's 2001 Person of the Year, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, shared his honor with the people of the Big Apple Thursday afternoon during his mayoral farewell address at St. Paul's Chapel, one block east of the ruins of the World Trade Center.

"There's no question that the only reason that I was selected the Person of the Year is that the people of New York are the people of the year," Giuliani said. "There's no question about it."

The two-term Giuliani recapped his trials and tribulations since first being elected mayor in 1993, but returned focus to the events of Sept. 11 and New York City's triumphs over terrorism.

"This war will go on for some time ... It'll go on probably for a longer time than we would like, but I hope you realize that we've already won it," Giuliani said. "Our enemies insanely committed suicide to serve some irrational purpose, and they used to think that we're afraid that we're afraid to die for what we believe in."

He concluded his farewell message by voicing his confidence in the U.S. victory over terrorism as witnessed within the first hours after the attacks on the Lower Manhattan skyline.

"The three fire fighters ... took the American flag and they lifted it up high into the sky and that picture was shown all over the world - it was quite clear that we had already won."

Mayor Giuliani's last day in City Hall will be Dec. 31, with fellow Republican Michael Bloomberg taking over on New Year's Day.