Eleven years ago on this day, tragedy struck our nation. The attack of 9/11 is a place in history that will always be remembered. In New York City, where the twin towers where attacked, today’s remembrance marks one of the city’s most horrific days.
“It is extremely important that people never forget what happened on Sept. 11,” says New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, who plans to attend several of the days commemorating events The official commemoration began at 8:39 a.m. ET at the National September 11 Memorial plaza, an area that once housed the twin towers, where now two memorial pools dedicated to the attack victims are placed.
There was a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. ET to honor when the first commercial plane struck the north tower. Houses of worship across New York City rang their bells in remembrance. Throughout the morning family members of those who loss their lives, recited the victims’ names. The names of all 2,983 victims from the twin towers and Pentagon attacks, and those on Flight 93, as well as those who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, will be read aloud.
There was also a moment of silence for each time a highjacked plane hit its target, one for when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa. and there were moments of silence at the times that each of the twin towers fell.
Afterward he shook hands with many of the family members attending the event. Security was tight as Victims’ families and others gathered Tuesday at Ground Zero and the Pentagon. President Obama was among the speakers Tuesday at an remembrance for victims and family members of those killed at the Pentagon. “As painful as this day is and always will be it leaves us with a lesson. No single event can change who we are,” Obama said. “No terrorist event can change the values that we stand for.”