NEW YORK (AP) - A ceremony in New York marking the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has ended after the names of the victims were read aloud over several hours.
It began 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 the time when the first plane hit the twin towers on a clear, sunny day in 2001. Then, families of the victims started reading the names of those who died.
Relatives and friends spoke of how they still missed their loved ones despite the years that have passed, and promised never to forget them.
Ceremonies were also held in Washington and in Shanksville, Pa. The other hijacked planes crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a field near the small western Pennsylvania town.
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The names of passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 are being read aloud by relatives and bells are being 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.