911 Anniversary Marked By Subdued Ceremonies by KRkIsbest


									9/11 Anniversary Marked By Subdued Ceremonies

Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks today, observing
moments of silence and reciting the names of the dead in an all too familiar annual

More than a year after terror mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid on his
Pakistan compound, there were signs that Americans may be ready to move forward.
The New York memorial was subdued this year, with only family members permitted
to attend and no politicians speaking.

In New York, bagpipes wailed mournfully, roses sprouted from the names of victims
etched in granite, and families wandered the site holding pictures of their lost loved
ones. For many the grief washed over them again as they spoke their names, said
prayers or made pencil rubbings of their loved ones' etched names.

"Clear day like this brings you right back eleven years ago," said John Darcy, a New
York City firefighter who works in a Greenwich Village firehouse that lost seven men
at the World Trade Center.

"The only thing you can do is just keep them in your memories," he said.

Throughout the city, cops in their precincts and firefighters in their stationhouses
stood at attention to mark the moment that traumatized the city and the nation 11
years ago.

Similar heartbreaking scenes were played out at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa.

While the grief was unabated, there was a noticeable difference in the scale of the

News coverage was scaled back compared to last year's historic 10th anniversary and
many of the past controversies – about how to best memorialize the victims and what
to rebuild on the site -- that had added to the day's tension have been resolved.

 As the country remembered those killed in attacks in New York, Washington D.C.,
and Shanksville, long-stalled programs intended to preserve victims' memories and
insure care for rescue workers were reinvigorated on the eve of the anniversary. And
President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney suspended campaign
advertisements for the day.

At 8:45 am EDT, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observed a moment of
silence on the White House's South Lawn, and loved ones of those killed in New
York City gathered at Ground Zero to read the names of those killed there.

"So as painful as this day is -- and always will be -- it leaves us with a lesson, that no
single event can ever destroy who we are, no act of terrorism can ever change what
we stand for," the president said at remarks later in the morning at the Pentagon, one
of three sites where airplanes commandeered by terrorists crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.

"It's true that the majority of those who died on Sept. 11 had never put on our
country's uniform, and yet they inspired more than 5 million Americans, members of
the 9/11 generation, to wear that uniform over the last decade. These men and women
have done everything that we have asked," he said.

Under sunny New York skies, a cloudless day eerily similar to the Tuesday 11 years
ago that served as a spotless backdrop to the drama unfolding above their heads,
victims' family members greeted politicians who mingled at World Trade Center site.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D- NY, and Gov. Chris Christie, R- NJ, as well and New York
City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
were all in attendance. But, for the first time, this year no politicians made public
remarks at the New York memorial.

At the site where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood, family
members gathered at a new memorial. The footprints of the giant buildings, once the
tallest in New York, are now deep scars on the landscape, transformed into reflecting
pools. Along the sides of each pool, nearly 3,000 names of victims and emergency
workers killed on 9/11 are etched in the granite.

In the shade on 1 World Trade Center, the still unfinished but glistening tower built
new at the site, many family members made pencil rubbings of their loved ones'
etched names.

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