People gather at the footprint of the north tower of the World Trade Center as a U.S. flag is hung from the World Financial Center in New York September 11, 2005. Sunday marks the fourth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Families of the victims placed flowers in two reflecting pools at the site of each tower.
Reuters has US marks 9/11 anniversary with march, silence.
Four years after the September 11 attacks, the United States briefly shifted focus on Sunday from its latest disaster — Hurricane Katrina — to memorials for victims of the hijacked-plane strikes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
n Washington, President George W. Bush and most of his Cabinet observed a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the attacks that claimed more than 2,700 lives.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, sounded a somber note.
“I wish we could say … that this is a time for peaceful remembrance, that we were gathering today to commemorate a danger that had long since past,” Rumsfeld said. “… But we cannot. The enemy, though seriously weakened and continuously under pressure, continues to plot attacks and the danger they pose to the free world is real and present.”
At Ground Zero in New York City, brothers and sisters of the thousands killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center tower read out the victims’ names to a hushed crowd of several hundred.
“Again, we are a city that meets in sadness,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “We are all linked to one another in our common humanity.”
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, praised as a unifying leader after the 2001 attacks, told the group, “All of you here today who lost a sister or brother should know that their loved one helped to save the spirit of our nation on the day of our greatest attack.”
Don’t forget the man who knew.
Don’t forget the heroes who fought back.
Don’t forget those who sacrificed.
Don’t forget those who warned.
Don’t forget those who celebrated.
Don’t forget those who died before we woke up.
Please don’t forget how to remember.
(And how not to…)
Other 9/11 anniversary bloggers/resources…
The September 11 Digital Archive
Winds of Change
Mudville Gazette’s tribute to Rick Rescorla
Little Green Footballs (scroll down on the left for slideshows and 9/11 stories)
NRO’s 9/11 archives
PoliPundit: We will not forget
Cox & Forkum pays tribute to the FDNY
Michele Catalano: I still think about it…
Rand Simberg: A history of two wars
Glenn Reynolds is marking the anniversary by going to the gun range. Looks like we were on the same wavelength.