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World Trade Center Bombing Remembered 20 Years Later

James Hardy/PhotoAlto Agency RF Collections/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which was overshadowed eight years later by the 9/11 attacks.

Six people died and about 1,000 were injured after terrorists detonated a truck bomb in the parking garage of the World Trade Center's North Tower on Feb. 26, 1993.

Four of the six killed -- Robert Kirkpatrick, 61, Stephen A. Knapp, 47, William Macko, 57, and Monica Rodriguez Smith, 35 -- were employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owned the buildings.  John DiGiovanni, 45, a dental-supply salesman visiting the World Trade Center, and Wilfredo Mercado, 37, a purchasing agent for Windows on the World restaurant, also died.

A moment of silence will be held for the victims on Tuesday at 12:18 p.m. ET.

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No 'Credible or Specific' Terror Threat on 9/11 Anniversary

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Intelligence sources tell ABC News that there is no "credible or specific" information that al Qaeda or any other terrorist organizations are plotting attacks timed to coincide with the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Heightened vigilance in the nation's big cities and a strong, visible police presence at Ground Zero in New York will signify law enforcement's readiness to respond to any anniversary terror attack.

Federal and local counterterrorism officials tell ABC News that a heightened awareness of terror threats is now the "new normal."

"There is no credible or specific intelligence to indicate terrorist organizations are plotting attacks to coincide with the 11th anniversary of 9/11," Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler told ABC News.  "However, we know from the intelligence gathered from the Osama bin Laden raid that al Qaeda has shown an interest in specific dates and anniversaries, such as 9/11."

Just before last year's anniversary, intelligence sources were hearing incessant "chatter" on radical Islamist websites and communications channels that some kind of attack was coming to mark the 10th anniversary.  Fortunately, nothing materialized, but officials said they were not letting down their guard.

"We continue to encourage our federal, state and local partners, as well as the American public, to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local authorities," Chandler said.  "Our security posture, which always includes measures that are seen and unseen, will continue protect the American people."

Meanwhile, federal authorities have been communicating with their local and state counterparts through joint terrorism task forces reminding them to track any lead and check any tips.

A bulletin obtained by ABC News has already gone out, urging vigilance on the anniversary, noting that there has been little discussion heard or found online by authorities of how al Qaeda would mark the anniversary.

Nor was there any "overt" discussion of al Qaeda's failure to mark the 10th anniversary in the 12 months since.

A New York City official said that the New York Police Department would have a strong, visible presence at Ground Zero, where it now routinely deploys several hundred officers at a World Trade Center command center.

While 9/11 will never become just another day in America, keeping a close eye on any possible terror threat has become business as usual for law enforcement.

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US Commemorates 9/11 Attacks on 11th Anniversary

ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Unlike last year, Tuesday’s commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be far more subdued.

It was on Sept. 11, 2001 that al Qaeda hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan as well as the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.  A fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa., after passengers and crew rushed the cockpit.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day, including all 19 hijackers, in the deadliest terrorist strike on U.S. soil that led to two overseas wars while Americans no longer took their national security for granted.

During Tuesday’s ceremonies to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the attacks, no politicians will be allowed to speak at the spot in lower Manhattan that has come to be known as ground zero.  As always, the names of the dead will be read by their family members and loved ones.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will observe a moment of silence at the White House while other administration officials plan to visit the Pentagon and the memorial to the victims in Shanksville.

Also, neither Obama nor GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney plan to run campaign ads Tuesday in deference to the memory of 9/11 victims.

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9/11 Memorial Offers Quiet Amid New York Chaos, Designer Says

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Arad, the architect behind the 9/11 memorial that opened a year ago this week, wanted to create a space for quiet reflection on those who died in the attacks in the midst of the chaos of New York City.

Arad’s design, called Reflecting Absence, beat out 5,000 submitted proposals to become the memorial tribute at the site of the attacks that killed nearly 2,700 people.  The site has now been visited by 4.5 million people.

“I wanted to capture that and create a place that allowed  people to come together to reflect on what happened here, not alone but as a community in a public space where people gather and congregate,” Arad told ABC News.

Arad, a native of Israel who was raised in the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico, had only lived in New York for 2.5 years when the north and south towers of the World Trade Center complex were attacked.

“It changed who I am,” he said.  “I became a New Yorker because of what happened here.”

Reflecting Absence, which was chosen as the winning design in January 2004, consists of a plaza containing waterfalls above reflecting pools where the original north and south towers stood.  The names of all those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, and in the earlier World Trade Center attack on Feb. 26, 1993, are inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the waterfalls.

In arranging the names, Arad and his team queried close to 3,000 families, and received more than 1,200 requests asking that certain names of people that knew each other be placed next to or near one another.

“[The names] are arranged according to what I call a system of meaningful adjacency.  When you walk up to these panels, you don’t see the order but, in fact, they are very carefully organized,” he said.

The “survivor tree” -- a callery pear saved from the rubble of the fallen World Trade Center towers -- is also featured prominently in the memorial.  After it was salvaged from Ground Zero, the tree was sent to a Bronx nursery, where it was not expected to survive.  But it survived an uprooting and now stands 30 feet tall.  It has come to symbolize hope and rebirth.

“There was just something incredibly beautiful about that story of its survival,” Arad said.

Arad’s ultimate goal with the memorial’s centerpiece of waterfalls, which flow into the voids left by the original towers, was to create a place where visitors can experience the magnitude of the voids.

“I wanted to know: Could I bring that idea of emptiness, this continuous presence, and making absence present and visible, and tangible to the site?” he said.  “And that’s really what these spaces are about -- making what is no longer here, here for all of us as we stand around the voids.”

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Garbage-Throwing Incident at 9/11 Memorial Outrages New Yorkers

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Yorkers are outraged over a report that kids from Brooklyn's Junior High School 292 got so bored during a visit to the 9/11 Museum and Memorial at the site where the World Trade Center towers were brought down by terrorists that they tossed baseballs and empty soda bottles into the reflecting pools.

One student tried to justify the action of classmates by saying, "No one was disrespecting.  It wasn’t nothing like that.  No one was being serious.  Everyone was kind of bored and it was just something to do."

Whatever the explanation, a teacher from Junior High School 292 called the incident "a total disgrace."

The Department of Education has promised to look into the alleged incidents.

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Obama Signs Beam at One World Trade Center

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- President Obama and the First Lady got a firsthand look Thursday at the new skyscraper being built to replace the World Trade Center towers destroyed in the September 11 attacks.

“It looks beautiful,” the president said to his wife as they glanced out a window on the 22nd floor to the National September 11 Memorial below.

After touring the new One World Trade Center, the president thanked the workers for building the “incredible structure,” which will rise to a symbolic 1,776 feet to become the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

“We couldn’t be prouder of you guys. This is what the American spirit is all about,” the president told the hard-hat wearing construction workers, according to reports.

The president, who was also joined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, then signed one of the final steel beams to be installed in the building with a message to all Americans.

“We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger! Barack Obama,” the president wrote.

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World Trade Center Back on Top of New York’s Skyline

DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- One World Trade Center, the site where the twin towers stood before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, has taken back the title of New York's tallest building Monday.

Workers erected the building's steel columns Monday as it surpassed New York's iconic Empire State Building for the tallest building in the city, which currently stands at 1,250 feet. Construction continues for at least another year and officials say when it's done, the building will stand at 1,776 feet and 104 floors, making it 408 feet taller than the twin towers it has replaced.

The new height will also make it the tallest building in the country, surpassing Chicago's 1,451-foot Willis Tower -- formerly the Sears Tower -- and the third-tallest building in the world. The world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 2,717 feet.

It's not clear whether the building will claim a height record because of the 408-foot-tall needle that will top if off.

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WATCH: Time-Lapse Video Shows 6-Year One World Trade Construction

ABC (NEW YORK) -- In a matter of days, One World Trade Center could be the tallest building in Manhattan and one of the tallest in the world.

The building is expected to be taller than New York’s iconic Empire State Building, which currently rises 1,250 feet to the 102nd-floor observation deck.

One World Trade is being built on the site of the original World Trade Center towers -- or Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the city, but were destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in which an estimated 3,000 people were killed.

The progression of construction on One World Trade can be seen in a two-minute, time-lapse video from EarthCam, the international webcam technology company.

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Construction is estimated to be finished in 2013 or 2014. One World Trade Center will stand 1,776 feet tall.

The construction began six years ago. One hundred floors have been built so far, and four more remain before the tower is completed.

The site also is home to 4 World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

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World Financial Center Evacuated in Bomb Scare

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Part of New York's 2 World Financial Center was briefly evacuated Thursday after an inert novelty hand grenade was discovered in the mailroom, law enforcement officials said.

The World War II-era grenade was mounted on a plaque, with a "Pull in for Service" inscription. It was found in the mail room routine screening.

2 World Financial Center is located across the street from the World Trade Center site.

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9/11 Remembered: 'Nothing Can Break Will of USA'

David Handschuh-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama closed a day of tributes and memorials with a paean to the resilience of the American people in the decade following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, saying that "nothing can break the will of a truly United States of America."

Obama spoke of the men and women who have chosen to sign up for military service in the last decade, saying that too many of them "will never come home" from tours abroad.

"Our strength is not measured in our ability to stay in these places; it comes from our commitment to leave those lands to free people and sovereign states, and our desire to move from a decade of war to a future of peace," he said in his speech at the Concert for Hope in Washington D.C. Sunday evening.

Obama made it clear that the character of the United States has not changed since 9/11.

"These past 10 years underscore the bonds between all Americans.  We have not succumbed to suspicion and mistrust.  After 9/11, President Bush made clear what we reaffirm today: the United States will never wage war against Islam or any religion," he said, reaffirming the phrase on the Seal of the United States: e pluribus unum -- out of many, we are one.

"The determination to move forward as one people" will be the legacy of 9/11.  "It will be said of us that we kept that faith; that we took a painful blow, and emerged stronger," Obama said.

The president's speech came at the end of a day when families, rescue workers and politicians gathered amid a mix of tears, applause and patriotic cheers of "U-S-A" at 9/11 memorials in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks brought special ceremonies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the planes crashed.

Obama laid a wreath of white flowers outside the Pentagon as a brass quintet played "Amazing Grace" Sunday afternoon, before he and first lady Michelle Obama spoke with family members of victims.

Earlier, Obama read a Psalm at the morning ceremony at the World Trade Center, and then arrived to applause and chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" at a wreath-laying ceremony in Shanksville at noon, where he and the first lady shook hands and spoke with many members of the crowd gathered there.

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