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Moments of silence mark 14 years since 9/11 attacks

1 year 4 months 1 week ago September 11, 2015 Sep 11, 2015 Friday, September 11 2015 September 11, 2015 10:33 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - Bells are tolling as New York City observes a moment of silence to observe the time the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center 14 years ago.

Families of victims of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks began reading names Friday at ground zero.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stepped out of the White House at 8:46 a.m. to observe a moment of silence.

Nereida Valle carried a photo of her daughter, Nereida DeJesus, who was 31 and working for Aon when she died on the 98th floor of the south tower.

Says the mother at ground zero: "I feel her every day."

In Pennsylvania, the names of passengers and crew killed in the hijacking of United Flight 93 were also read as bells also tolled in their honor. Hundreds gathered for the ceremony to honor the 33 passengers and seven crew members aboard the flight brought down near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Flight 93 was headed from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco when it was hijacked with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol. A passenger revolt ended with it going down in a Pennsylvania field.

Ben Mecham of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, brought his 7-year-old son, Parker. Mecham says children should not think of it as just "another plane crash." Parker says he "can't believe" that people were so brave.

Secretary of State John Kerry took time to honor both those who died in the terror attacks 14 years ago, as well as the four Americans killed on Sept. 11, 2012, at a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

Kerry says each "was a brave and dedicated professional ... deeply committed to service" on America's behalf, and that the anniversary should be a reminder to press on with American diplomacy. He says the United States will never be intimidated by terrorists.

The 2012 attack on a U.S. post in Benghazi killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.

 

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