Anniversary ceremony of 9/11 begins in NYC
The 11th anniversary ceremony of the September 11 terror attacks has begun in New York with a moment of silence to mark the moment that the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the World Trade Center in 2001.
The reading of nearly 3000 victims’ names in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania continued as usual this year. But many felt it was time to move forward after the emotional turning point of last year’s 10th anniversary. For the first time in New York, only family members were to speak at the anniversary ceremony. Elected officials had spoken in past years.
Jane Pollicino was among the 300 people who gathered at the September 11 memorial, which opened last year. She says there’s less pressure during this year than the 10th year anniversary.
Commemorations were also scheduled at the Pentagon, where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were to attend. Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at a memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the fourth hijacked jetliner crashed.