12 Years After: USA 9/11 Attacks Marked With Tributes

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Twelve years had already passed when USA and the world was thrown into mourning!! How time flies!
Americans marked today’s 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Wednesday with bells tolling solemnly, the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.20130911-165750.jpg

At a morning ceremony on the two-year-old memorial plaza at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, relatives recited the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa., as well as the 1993 trade centre bombing victims’ names.

In Washington, President Barak Obama, joined by his wife Michelle Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, and members of the White House staff, walked out to the South Lawn at 8:46 a.m. ET —- the moment the first plane struck the south tower in New York. At the site in lower Manhattan, friends and families silently held up photos of the deceased. Others wept.

“Daddy, I miss you so much, and I think about you every day,” Christina Aceto said of her father, Richard Anthony Aceto. “You were more than just my daddy, you were my best friend.”

Bells tolled to mark the second plane hitting the second tower, and the airliner that crashed into the Pentagon. Near the memorial plaza, police barricades were blocking access to the site, even as life around the World Trade Center looked like any other morning, with workers rushing to their jobs and construction cranes looming over the area.

20130911-165802.jpgThe calling out of names, wreath-laying and other tributes also were being held at the Pentagon and at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville while the commemoration unfolded at Ground Zero, where the mayor who has helped orchestrate the observances from their start watched for his last time in office. And saying nothing.

“No matter how many years pass, this time comes around each year — and it’s always the same,” said Karen Hinson of Seaford, N.Y., who lost her 34-year-old brother, Michael Wittenstein, a Cantor Fitzgerald employee.

My brother was never found, so this is where he is for us,” she said as she arrived for the ceremony with her family early Wednesday.

Loved ones milled around the memorial site, making rubbings of names, putting flowers by the names of victims and weeping, arm-in-arm. Former governor George Pataki, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others were in attendance. Continuing a decision made last year, no politicians will speak, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

20130911-165813.jpg“Joe, we honour you today and all those lost on Sept. 11,” said Kathleen O’Shea, whose nephew Joseph Gullickson was a firefighter in Brooklyn. “Everyone sends their love and asks that you continue to watch over us all, especially your wife.”

Memorial organizers expect to take primary responsibility for the ceremony next year and say they plan to continue concentrating the event on victims’ loved ones, even as the forthcoming museum creates a new, broader framework for remembering 9/11.

“As things evolve in the future, the focus on the remembrance is going to stay sacrosanct,” memorial president Joe Daniels said.

Hinson said she would like the annual ceremony to be “more low-key, more private” as the years go by.

The 12th anniversary also arrives with changes coming at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, where officials gathered Tuesday to herald the start of construction on a visitor centre. At the Pentagon, plans call for a morning ceremony for victims’ relatives and survivors of the attacks and an afternoon observance for Pentagon workers.

Around the world, thousands of volunteers have pledged to do good deeds, honoring an anniversary that was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.

20130911-165741.jpgWe grieve and sympathise with all those who lost their precious lives that fateful day,praying also for the souls of those who had died in our country Nigeria from Boko Haram Attacks and Bombings! May their souls find peace in the Lord! Adieu

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