Remembering 9/11: Dispatches From the Ceremony

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Over 4.5 million tourists have visited the 9/11 Memorial since it opened in 2011. World Trade Center site. Over 4.5 million tourists have visited the 9/11 Memorial since it opened in 2011. World Trade Center site. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

At the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center site, several hundred people gathered Tuesday to commemorate loved ones lost in the terrorist attacks in a tribute that was scaled back compared to years past.

The annual ceremony proceeded with a familiar rhythm of bell ringing and the reading of nearly 3,000 victims' names. Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie, Mayor Michael Bloomberg along with other politicians attended the ceremony, but, for the first time, they did not speak.

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Comments [3]

Eric M.

Our world is full of death. We remember it especially on this day, September the eleventh. But is death the end? I hold that we have reasons to believe in the afterlife.:

Sep. 11 2012 05:51 PM
Mermaiden from Gulf of Mex. FL.

My heart is quiet, sad, and full of love for all those who lost someone that day. The family members who spoke took my breath away.

Sep. 11 2012 04:33 PM
Scott McEwen from Glen Ellyn, IL

I was at work at Motorola when the airplane hit the towers, but, at work, we didn't quickly know what had happened...Then the shock of the news hit us in Schaumburg, and all I could think about was picking up my kids in daycare and getting them home. As I drove to their schools, I worried about what I would say to them that would make sense and not make them frightened...we avoided the television and talked about what had happened how terrible it was. I'm so glad I was with them.

Sep. 11 2012 03:51 PM

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