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On 10th anniversary, America remembers 9/11

Names read at Ground Zero, services at Pentagon and in Pa.

  • President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush stand at the North Pool Memorial at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site Sunday.
    Samantha Appleton/White HousePresident Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush stand at the North Pool Memorial at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site Sunday.

The names of the 2,983 victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and 1993 World Trade Center bombing echoed across Ground Zero on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

The service in New York  began with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane hit the first tower. President Obama then read Psalm 46 from the Bible:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear,
even though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea.
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake
with its swelling,
there’s a river
whose streams shall make glad
the City of God,
the holy place of the Tabernacle
of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her.
She shall not be moved.
God shall help her
just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged,
the kingdoms were moved.
He uttered his voice.
The earth melted.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come behold the works of the Lord
who has made desolations in the Earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the Earth.
He breaks the bough
and cuts the spear in two.
He burns the chariot in fire.
Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the Earths.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Families of the dead surrounded the newly opened memorial at the site, weeping and placing flowers and mementos by the names engraved in bronze, some using paper and pencil to trace the letters, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

At the Pentagon,  Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the sacrifices military members have made since 9/11.

“Never before in our history has America asked so much over such a sustained period of an all-volunteer force,” he said. “So I can say without fear of contradiction or being accused of exaggeration, the /11 generation ranks among the greates out nation has ever produced, and it was born — it was born — it was born right here on 9/11."

Thousands gathered in Shanksville, Pa., at the Flight 93 Memorial that was dedicated Saturday. A crowd of 5,000 listened to a reading of the names of the 40 killed aboard that flight, the AP reported.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Pennsylvania from the New York service to place a wreath at the memorial.

Security was high, particularly in New York and Washington, following reports of a potential car-bomb plot.

Security was tightest in Manhattan, according to a Reuters report:

Police set up vehicle checks on city streets as well as bridges and tunnels coming into the city. There was an unprecedented show of force in Manhattan from roadblocks on Times Square in midtown to the area around Ground Zero farther to the south.

Security in lower Manhattan included police barricades on every block near the World Trade Center site with police asking people for identification.

Many of the family members who read names in New York also shared memories of their loved ones.

The AP reported:

"I have stopped crying, but I have not stopped missing my dad. ... I decided to become a forensic scientist. I hope that I can make my father proud of the young men my brother and I have become."
— Peter Negron, who was 12 when his father, Pete, died at the trade center

"I love you for loving the idea of having me. You gave me the gift of life and I wish you could be here to enjoy having it with me."
— Nicholas Gorki, whose father Sebastian Gorki died while his mother was still pregnant with him.

In addition to the service at Ground Zero, events in New York included a memorial Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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