The United States is marking the seventh anniversary of the September
11th, 2001 terrorist attacks with a day of solemn observances.
In New York City, the names of victims are being read at the area known
as "ground zero," where the two World Trade Center towers once stood.
Relatives wept as they clutched photos of victims and tossed roses into
a pool of water at the site.
Nearly three thousand people from more than 90 countries were killed
that day after hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center
towers, the Pentagon and a field in the eastern state of
U.S. President George Bush led a moment of silence at the White House
today, Thursday at the time, 8:46 a.m. EDT, seven
years ago when terrorists crashed the first of two passenger jets into
the World Trade Center. The two 110-story buildings collapsed after the
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg led a moment of silence
York. Afterwards, he said lives were cut short and, in his words, "our
world was broken" on that day.
Mr. Bush later dedicated a memorial to honor the 184 people who died at
the Pentagon. He described the new memorial as an "everlasting tribute"
to the "innocent souls" who perished there.
U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama agreed to put
aside partisan campaigning today.
McCain spoke at Shanksville,
Pennsylvania, the site where a hijacked plane crashed after passengers
overtook the terrorists.
McCain and Obama made a joint appearance at ground zero
in New York later in the day.
Earlier this week, a memorial to the victims was dedicated at Boston's
Logan International Airport. The airport was the departure point of two
of the hijacked flights.