NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — The nation and the world paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, with countless remembrances honoring the nearly 3,000 victims and thousands more survivors.
In remarks at the Pentagon this morning, President Barack Obama said that 13 years after the terror attacks, "America stands tall and America stands proud."
At the World Trade Center site in New York, family and friends read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed there, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed as passengers and crew fought with the hijackers for control of the plane.
One woman wept as she read the name of her father, and said, "You put me to bed 13 years ago not knowing it would be your last time."
The memorial plaza is closed to the public for most of the day, available only to family members. It will reopen at 6 p.m., at which point thousands of New Yorkers are expected to mark the anniversary at the twin reflecting pools where the towers once stood.
In Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert donated the flag that flew atop the U.S. Capitol on 9/11 to the Flight 93 National Memorial. He said the Capitol may not have remained standing 13 years ago if the United Airlines passengers and crew had not rebelled against four hijackers.
New Jersey communities also remembered the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from the banks of the Hudson River to the bedroom communities that nearly 750 victims called home. Garden State residents died at the World Trade Center, aboard the hijacked jetliners and at the Pentagon.
The Asbury Park Press reports chimes tolled 37 times during a wreath-laying ceremony for the Middletown residents killed in the attacks. The township's memorial garden includes their images on individual monuments.
Some towns hosted interfaith services while others held events that emphasized the spirit of volunteerism and community participation that came about in the days following the 2001 attacks.
Closer to home, PIX11 News honored the life of one of our own, killed in the attack on lower Manhattan.
Engineer Steve Jacobson was manning the station's transmitter atop the World Trade Center the morning of Sept.11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked two commercial planes and flew them into the city’s then-tallest buildings.
The towers collapsed, killing thousands, Jacobson among them.