Eleven years ago to the day the United States of America was forever changed. Many in the United States and people around the world who were affected by the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 pause to honor and remember the friends and family they lost.
Today at the White House President Obama and the First Lady held a moment of silence marking the anniversary of the first plane hitting World Trade Center tower 1. The Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney said in a statement today:
“Eleven years ago today, from Capitol Hill, I could see the smoke rising from the fires burning in the Pentagon. Like all Americans, I will never forget the moment that our homeland came under attack. For me, this is a day to remember those who perished on that day of terror, including the first responders. It is also a day to pay tribute to all those who have worked quietly and tirelessly both on the home front and abroad to prevent a repetition of such terrible events. And it is a day to give honor to those in our military who have sacrificed so much, including their lives, for the same end. Their courage and heroism and willingness to answer the call of duty have kept America safe and strong and free. We are truly the home of the brave.”
Around the country memorials are being held in honor of the victims. President Obama attended a memorial at the Pentagon earlier this morning. The names of those who died in the attacks are being read by friends and family members at a ground zero, and a memorial ceremony is taking place in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where United Airlines flight 93 went down.
Photo: 9/11 Memorial- South Pool | By: Jenn