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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11

On 9/11/2001, 13 years ago today, our country lost a lot of brave souls. We will always hold this day dear to our hearts. I'm sure every single one of you all can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on the day of this terrible tragedy.

State Farm launched a commercial three years ago in remembrance of the attacks...check it out

So where are we 13 years later?

An Article from the New York Times on today's memorial service...

NY times article

A new building stands where the towers fell. A museum dedicated to the death and destruction that day is now open to the public. And 13 years after thousands of people died in the deadliest terrorist attack in American history, the ceremonies to memorialize them once again played out across the country on Thursday morning.

At 8:46 a.m. Thursday, the time the first plane struck the north tower on Sept. 11, 2001, there was a moment of silence. In Washington, Mr. Obama, joined by his wife and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., stood on the White House lawn, heads bowed.Photo

At the White House, President Obama and his wife, Michelle, observed the anniversary of the attacks. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

At 9:03, a second pause was taken for the moment a plane hit the south tower. There were four more moments of silence interrupting the annual reading of the names of those who had died at the World Trade Center — for when each tower fell and for the attack on the Pentagon, also hit by a plane, and the crash of Flight 93 into a field in Pennsylvania, which killed all 40 passengers and crew members.

At the Pentagon, the Navy Brass Quartet played the national anthem as President Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, turned to face a massive American flag that hung on the rebuilt wall of the Pentagon.

Mr. Obama began his remarks with Scripture and remembrances after laying a wreath at the site where the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the western side of the United States Department of Defense building, killing 184 people.

“Thirteen years since the peace of an American morning was broken,” he said, speaking to family members of victims and a few survivors. “Thirteen years of moments they would have shared with us.”

But he also chose to look forward, and added some positive remarks, despite the solemnness of the occasion. “There are now teenagers, young adults, who were born after 9/11. It’s remarkable,” he said. “Generations from now, no matter the trial, no matter the challenge, America will always be America.”

In New York, families gathered in Lower Manhattan to read aloud the names of all those killed when the towers fell.

Danielle Kousoulis was on the 104th floor of the north tower when the first plane hit. She was 29 years old, and would have turned 30 a few weeks after the attacks.

A slide show from today's events...

Memorial Service Slideshow

The Tower Tribute tonight at 6pm

Tribute in Light

Beginning at 6 p.m. on September 11, the 9/11 Memorial plaza will be open to the public for a special viewing of Tribute in Light from a meaningful vantage point. It will illuminate the New York City sky just south of the Memorial site. The Memorial will remain open until midnight for the anniversary to ensure this meaningful experience is available to all who wish to pay tribute at this sacred site.

Visitors may access the Memorial at the intersection of Liberty and West streets, at the intersection of West and Fulton streets and at the intersection of Liberty and Greenwich streets. Click here for visitor rules and regulations.

Tribute Light

Signing Off-We Remember

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