Sunday, September 11, 2011

Officials and Victims' Families Commemorate 9/11

Victims' names are read at the World Trade Center site 10 years later.
By Ben Johnson | Posted Sunday, Sep. 11, 2011, at 11:08 AM EDT
Slate

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, along with their families and those families impacted by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, gathered Sunday at ground zero to remember the tragedy and to pay solemn respects.

“God is our refuge and strength,” President Obama read from Psalm 46 in a copy of the bible. “He dwells in his city, does marvelous things and says, be still and know that I am God.”

Earlier in the morning, at 8:46 a.m., a moment of silence was observed at the very moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower, reports the Associated Press. It was a small part of a day full of remembrances planned around the country.

Family members of the victims of the attacks read their names—all 2,983 of them—one by one in New York. In Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 was downed, some 5,000 people listened to a choir and the readings of the names of the plane’s passengers and crew. At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta paid tribute to over 6,000 armed service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nicholas Gorki, whose father died in the New York Attacks, told the AP he was present to remember a man “who I never met because I was in my mother’s belly. I love you, father. You gave me the gift of life, and I wish you could be here to enjoy it with me.”

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