Sunday was a day of remembrance, tears and resolve as President Barack
Obama joined millions of Americans in marking the 10th anniversary of
the September 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The
president visited all three memorial sites in New York, Pennsylvania and
at the Pentagon.
Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama lay a wreath as the 10th
anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks are observed at the Pentagon in
Washington, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
The last of the president’s three stops was here at the Pentagon, where
he and first lady Michelle Obama laid a wreath in honor of the 184
people who perished at this spot on September 11, 2001, and shook hands
with victims’ relatives.
Earlier Sunday, bells tolled in New York at the precise moment in the
morning when the first jetliner struck one of the World Trade Center
President Obama joined former President George W. Bush at a memorial
plaza built at the former site of the towers where the names of the
thousands of victims are etched in bronze.
At the remembrance ceremony, Mr. Obama read a Bible passage on courage.
"We will not fear, even though the Earth be removed, though the
mountains be carried into the midst of the sea," he said.
The courage displayed by Americans on September 11, 2001 and in the
decade since was the subject of praise for Vice President Joe Biden, who
helped lead a solemn ceremony at the Pentagon. Mr. Biden paid tribute to
the men and women who have enlisted in the nation's armed forces during
past decade, and the thousands who have lost their lives fighting in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
before in our history has America asked so much over such a sustained
period of an all volunteer force. So I can say without fear of
contradiction or being accused of exaggeration, the [September 11]
generation ranks among the greatest our nation has ever produced. And it
was born, it was born, it was born right here on 9/11," he said.
At 9:37 in the morning, a moment of silence marking the exact time that
five hijackers crashed American Airlines flight 77 into a section of the
Pentagon, killing everyone onboard and 125 people on the ground.
That section of the building was long ago rebuilt and houses a chapel
whose windows overlook a memorial for the 184 victims -- the scene of
At Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the president and first lady paid tribute
at a monument in a field where United Airlines flight 93 crashed after
its passengers fought the hijackers on that September morning.