Today, people across the globe are remembering the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost to us during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania 12 years ago.
In New York City, there will be the annual reading of the names that were lost, as well as periodic moments of silence to remember the events that rocked our nation all those years ago. “The ceremony will be held at the National September 11 Memorial plaza, where two reflecting pools mark the footprints of the original Twin Towers,” according to the Huffington Post.
In Washington, President Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey will attend a private ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial for family members of those killed in the attack.
President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, led a moment of silence on the grounds of the White House at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time. “Bells tolled and a military bugler played taps as the president and first lady Michelle Obama, joined by members of the White House staff, stood silent on the South Lawn,” reported USA Today.
“At the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service was holding a groundbreaking for the visitor center on Tuesday and a memorial service on Wednesday starting at 9:45 a.m. that will include a reading of the names of the Flight 93 passengers and crew, a ringing of bells, a wreath-laying, and brief remarks,” reported the Huffington Post.
Other cities across the US will hold their own ceremonies to remember fallen policemen, firefighters and family members who were lost in the attacks.
“Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capital; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” –Sen. John Kerry