Entries in 9/11 Memorial (4)


President Obama Honors 9/11 Victims at WTC Site

David Handschuh-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama and his wife Michelle Obama paid respect to 9/11 victims Sunday by visiting the North Memorial Pool in the footprint of the spot where the north tower of the World Trade Center stood on this 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack.

The two observed a moment of silence commemorating the exact minute the first airplane crashed into the north tower, after which President Obama read a passage from Psalm 46.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” the scripture says.

The Obamas were joined by former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush.  The two couples walked along the edge of the pool and observed the names of the victims of 9/11 and the 1993 WTC bombing inscribed around the pools.  The couples then greeted some families of the 9/11 victims.

Presidents Obama and Bush also exchanged pleasantries with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former New York Gov. George Pataki, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignities on hand at the memorial.

This was President Obama’s second trip to the memorial site after first visiting back in May.

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Ted Olson on 9/11: ‘Far More Than a Day That Will Live in Infamy’

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Current and former Justice Department officials gathered Friday for an emotional 9/11 ceremony to remember the victims of the attacks and reflect on the days since then.

The ceremony was gripped by a stirring and emotional speech by former Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson, whose wife, Barbara Olson, died on 9/11 aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which hit the Pentagon.

On the day of the attacks, Barbara Olson had called her husband from the plane relaying information about the hijacking to her husband, who was working at Justice Department headquarters.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft joined Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole in the ceremony that was also attended by 9/11 family members that included Carrie Lemack whose mother, Judy Larocque, died on American Airlines Flight 11, and Abraham Scott, who lost wife Janice Marie Holmes, who worked at the Pentagon.

On display at the ceremony was a mosaic of thumbnail pictures of most of the 9/11 victims. The pictures were used as a trial exhibit during the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui for his role in the 9/11 plot. The posters were created by an FBI artist for the trial and captured the vast numbers of innocent people who died.

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Obama Seeks Unity of 9/11: ‘Let’s Summon That Spirit Once More’ 

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the nation grapples with a lagging economy, and the destruction from Hurricane Irene, President Obama invoked the memory of Sept. 11, 2001, in his weekly address, calling on Americans to unite through acts of service in their communities.

With the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 just two weeks away, Obama proclaimed the date a National Day of Service and Remembrance, saying service is the best way to honor victims and “to reaffirm the strength of our nation with acts of service and charity.”

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost,” Obama said, “a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”          

Obama acknowledged “great challenges” facing the country, including the lingering economic crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but said solving the issues cannot be done by the federal government alone.

“The strength of America has always been the character and compassion of our people,” Obama said. “So as we mark this solemn anniversary, let’s summon that spirit once more. 

"And let’s show that the sense of common purpose that we need in America doesn’t have to be a fleeting moment; it can be a lasting virtue—not just on one day, but every day.”

The president and first lady will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks by visiting all three sites—Shanksville, Pa.; New York City, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C.—where Americans lost their lives. 

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Obama's Address: Remembering 9/11 Victims Through Service

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON ) -- In his address this week, President Obama calls on Americans to evoke a spirit of service as the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches.

The president says that while we will remember the lives lost in the attacks and the first responders who heroically saved so many, as well as our military troops who have served over the past 10 years, we will also "recall how the worst terrorist attack in American history brought our the best in the American people."

Just as Americans pulled together in the weeks and months following the attacks, President Obama says that Sept. 11 will be a National Day of Service and Remembrance.  Communities all across the country are preparing, the president says, to honor the victims of 9/11 through service and charity.  The president and first lady plan to take part in a local service project as well.

"There are so many ways to get involved, and every American can do something," the president says. " … Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost; a way to reclaim that spirit that spirit of unity that followed 9/11."

Information about opportunities to get involved in service projects in your community can be found online at

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