9/11 Victims Honored On Eighth AnniversaryBy: Doug Caverly
Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 10:42 am
Today marks the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and people all across America, from victims’ family members to the President to schoolchildren, have planned ways to mark the occasion. At the same time, work on the Freedom Tower and the rest of the new World Trade Center is still progressing.
One of the biggest memorial ceremonies started this morning near Ground Zero with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vice President Joe Biden in attendance. There was a moment of silence at 8:46 (the time the first airplane struck), and now the names of victims are being read. Attendance is strong, despite bad weather.
Additional moments of silence are expected throughout the day in New York, as church bells toll to mark them.
Meanwhile, thousands of people are showing up at the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania and around the Pentagon, with ceremonies taking place at both locations.
President Obama, who declared this Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance, participated in a moment of silence, too, along with around 200 White House staffers. It took place this morning on the White House’s south driveway, and a military trumpeter played “Taps” afterward.
As for the reconstruction effort, even though completion dates have been pushed back more than once, impressive steps forward are taking place. The pictures below, which were provided by the Port Authority, should demonstrate the scale of the effort and how much progress has occurred.
Yesterday, the Port Authority also announced that it’s assigned four Memorial Foundation trade contracts to various companies, which means the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is coming closer to completion.
Joe Daniels, the Memorial & Museum’s president and CEO, stated today, “[O]ur thoughts are with the loved ones of each innocent victim who perished on September 11, 2001. We renew the obligation to keep their memories alive and to preserve the collective history of 9/11 for generations to come.”