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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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