The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks has started with a solemn bell toll and a moment of silence at the World Trade Center site. The moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday marked when the first plane hit the twin towers on a clear, sunny day in 2001. Then, families of the victims started reading aloud the names of those who died. Christina Aceto read the name of her father, Richard Anthony Aceto.
She says she misses her father every day. A second bell tolled at 9:03 a.m. to mark when the second plane hit the twin towers. Then the reading of the names resumed. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Gov. George Pataki attended, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Anthony Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Obama Marks Sept. 11 Anniversary At White House, Pentagon
For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hangs over his observance today of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. During a ceremony at the Pentagon, he vowed to "defend our nation" against the threats that endure, even though they may be different than the ones that faced the country 12 years ago today. Earlier today, Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, walked out of the White House at 8:46 a.m., EDT, the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center tower in New York a dozen years ago. They bowed their heads to observe a moment of silence, which was followed by a bugler playing taps. Dozens of White House staff joined the Obamas and Bidens on the South Lawn to observe the anniversary.
Flight 93 Passengers, Crew Honored At Memorial
The names of passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 have been read aloud by relatives and bells have been tolled in their honor on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Amid a gentle breeze Wednesday, more than 200 people at the Flight 93 National Memorial heard the names of the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died in the crash. Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was hijacked with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol. As passenger Todd Beamer issued the rallying cry "Let's roll," he and several fellow passengers rushed down the airliner's aisle to try to overwhelm the hijackers after learning of the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The 9/11 Commission concluded that the hijackers downed the plane as the hostages revolted.
September 11, 2013