Monday, September 11, 2006

A day of remembrance

Last night Nathan and I caught a doc on TV reliving the events of Sept 11th as seen through the eyes of some firefighters. It brought all the sadness back...

NEW YORK - The nation solemnly observed the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Monday with moments of silence timed to mark the demise of the World Trade Center towers and quiet remembrances held around the country.

The 16-acre trade center site in lower Manhattan fell quiet at 8:46 a.m., five years after American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower, and 9:03 a.m., when United Flight 175 slammed into the south tower. A third moment of silence at 9:59 a.m. marked the collapse of the south tower.

"We've come back to remember the valor of those we've lost, those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them," former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in a ceremony at ground zero.

Family members at ground zero held up signs reading "You will always be with us" and "Never forget," and quiet sobs could be heard as the moments of silence were observed. Some victims' relatives crossed themselves and wiped away tears.

The sorrowful task of reading the names of the 2,749 victims of the trade center attacks fell to spouses and partners.

President Bush opened the day at a historic New York firehouse, mingling with firefighters and police officers who were among the first to rush to the burning skyscrapers. He was to visit the crash sites in Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon later in the day before giving a prime-time address from the Oval Office.

Family members at ground zero held bouquets of roses and framed photos of their loved ones.
"I think it's important that people remember as years go on," said Diana Kellie, of Acaconda, Mont., whose niece and niece's fiance were killed on one of the planes. "The dead are really not dead until they're forgotten."

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