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12th anniversary of Sept 11

The nation and Chicago paused Wednesday to remember the events of Sept 11, 2001.

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Chicago-area pauses to remember 9-11

From New York, Washington D.C and Pennsylvania, to Chicago, Americans across the country remember 9-11.

Ceremonies began  here with Chicago’s bravest paying tribute to their fallen comrades.

They gathered outside Engine 98 in Streeterville this morning ringing a bell and saluting those who lost their lives.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago says the best way for firefighters to honor the victims is to keep doing the job they do every day.

Chicago’s suburbs also commemorated he anniversary.

Naperville honored victims special to that community. The town has a memorial dedicated to  Naval Commander Dan Shanower, who died in the attack on the Pentagon.  The service will feature Roger Burgess, an assistant principal and counselor at Wheaton Christian Grammar School, as a speaker. Burgess was a teacher and coach to Todd Beamer, one of the passengers who tried to foil the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93.

Chicagoan Jeff Nolan dropped everything in 2001 to volunteer at Ground Zero.
Though a carpenter by trade, and the son and brother of Chicago firefighters, he was assigned to the medical examiner’s office.

On the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, WGN-TV produced a half hour special called: “Ground Zero: Chicago Remembers”
Keating Crown is the only Chicagoan who survived the September 11th attacks, serving on the 9-11 Memorial Board.
In 2011, a humble Crown, reluctantly told WGN-TV the story of his own close call.

Commemorating the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Earth-Cam released this time-lapse video showing the progress of the One World Trade Center construction.

The video highlights the building of the tower while showing the transformation of lower Manhattan since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

   Motorcyclists descended on the Washington D.C  area today to honor the 9-11 victims and survivors.
   The group, 2 Million Bikers to D.C., initially planned to roar through the streets of the nation’s capital even though it was denied a permit.
   But, the rally attracted so many people motorcyclists cruised around the area instead.
   The rally was also designed to counter the Million Muslim March scheduled to focus on racism and civil rights slights Muslim-Americans say they continue to suffer.

Memorial services are being held across the country Wednesday morning for the twelfth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Chicago Fire officials attended a bell ringing ceremony at Engine 98 in Streeterville.

The bell ringing started at the exact time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Every fire district in the city held a similar event.

“What happened on September 11th, 2001, will never be forgotten,” said Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.  “When you talk about the first responders who were lost, 343, it’s a very important day for the country to remember what happened… It is an emotional day for us.”

Services are also being held in Naperville, Palatine, and a dozen other suburbs.

Santiago says fire crews everywhere have a bond to those who died in service.

“Given the chance, each member of the NYFD would do it again,” said Santiago.  “They are firefighters and paramedics.  Because that is how we think.  That is how we feel, and that is what we do.”

By David Simpson, CNN

A bell tolled, ground zero fell silent.

At 8:46 a.m., hundreds who gathered at the site of the fallen World Trade Center towers paused in silence to mark the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower — the opening salvo of a terrorist attack that brought down the iconic buildings, killed 2,977 people and launched more than a decade of war.


Bagpipers broke the silence, and family members of victims of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the 2001 attack began a solemn reading of the names of those killed at the site.

The 9/11 attack killed 2,753 people in New York, including 403 police and firefighters. The 1993 bombing killed six people.

In Washington, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives also paused in silence outside the White House to commemorate the 9/11 victims. The Justice Department also held a moment of silence,

Another moment of silence was planned in New York for 9:03 a.m., when the second jetliner, United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the World Trade Center’s south tower.

And at the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed at 9:37 a.m. on September 11, Obama laid a wreath and then spoke at a private observance for family members of the 184 people who died there.

“Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away,” he said.

In southwestern Pennsylvania, it is only expected to take 18 minutes to lay a wreath and read the names of the 40 people who died there, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and ending at 10:03 a.m.

The latter is the time United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville. The target of those hijackers is unknown, but the hijackers apparently crashed the plane short of the target because they feared losing control of the plane to some of the 40 passengers and crew who were attacking them

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