11th Anniversary Ceremony of 9/11 Begins in NY

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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NEW YORK -- The 11th anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has begun in New York with a moment of silence to mark the moment that the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the World Trade Center in 2001.

The reading of nearly 3,000 victims' names in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania continued as usual this year. But many felt it was time to move forward after the emotional turning point of last year's 10th anniversary. For the first time in New York, only family members were to speak at the anniversary ceremony. Elected officials had spoken in past years.

Jane Pollicino was among the 300 people who gathered Tuesday morning at the Sept. 11 memorial, which opened last year. She says there's less pressure during this year than the 10th year anniversary.

Commemorations were also scheduled at the Pentagon, where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were to attend. Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at a memorial in Shanksville, Pa., where the fourth hijacked jetliner crashed.


WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama laid a wreath at the Pentagon, one of several observances marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Aided by a Marine honor guard, Obama placed a white floral wreath on a metal stand above a concrete slab that said "Sept. 11, 2001 - 937 am." A moment of silence began at precisely 9:37 a.m.

Obama stood with his arms folded and head bowed as a bugler played taps, then raised his hand to his heart as taps concluded.

Earlier, Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and White House staffers observed a moment of silence on the White House south lawn. There were three bell tolls and a bugler playing taps.

In the afternoon, the president was to visit wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Vice President Joe Biden flew to Pennsylvania to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service.


ADDISON, Ill. -- Mitt Romney says the United States is indeed a united nation in its determination to halt terrorists and to protect freedom "at home and across the world."

He issued a written statement marking 11 years since the 9/11 attacks. Romney also says the U.S. will never forget those who died or stop caring for their families. Romney will speak to the National Guard in Nevada today.

President Barack Obama has scheduled a moment of silence at the White House and a trip to the Pentagon.

Do you think the nation is safer now than it was 11 years ago?

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