America remembers its fallen: Emotions run high as relatives of 9/11 victims gather at Ground Zero twelve years after tragedy

By Becky Evans, David Mccormack and Associated Press Reporter

PUBLISHED: 10:24, 11 September 2013

  • In New York, the moving tribute started at 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane hit the twin towers back in 2001
  • Families of the victims started reading aloud the names of the almost 3,000 people who died
  • A second bell tolled at 9:03 a.m. to mark when the second plane hit the towers, then the reading of names resumed
  • Several politicians attended, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but none gave an address
  • In Washington, President Obama marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a moment of silence
  • At the Pentagon Sept. 11 memorial in Arlington, Va., victims’ families, attack survivors and military officials laid a wreath and held a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. to mark the moment that Flight 77 hit the building
  • In Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m., bells were rung and names of passengers and crew members were read at the Flight 93 National Memorial

Relatives of the September 11 victims gathered at ground zero in New York City today to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attack that killed almost 3,000 people.

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.

Along with the names of those who died when the hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were read out the names of those killed in the hijacked Flight 93 and the victims of the 1993 trade center bombing.

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