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A small flag at the memorial of the north tower during observances on the 11th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRIS PEDOTA / AFP / Getty Images

A woman cries on the engraved names of the 9/11 victims during ceremonies for the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool / Getty Images

Two girls take a rubbing of names inscribed on the reflecting pool before the start of the memorial ceremonies for the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool / Getty Images

Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

Alicia Watkins remembers a friend who died at the Pentagon during observances at a poolside on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TODD MAISEL / EPA

People pause outside the World Trade Center as New York City and the nation commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

A U.S. flag is unfolded on the 11th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Todd Maisel / EPA

The tower known as 1 World Trade Center, left, the National September 11 Memorial, bottom left, and 4 World Trade Center, right, are bathed in light early Tuesday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Shadows are cast on the memorial during ceremonies on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool / Getty Images

A flower and an American flag are placed on the next to names inscribed on the edge of the memorial pool during observances on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool / Getty Images

Khudeza Begum etches the name of her slain nephew at ceremonies on the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN MOORE / AFP / Getty Images

Ava Kathleen Schmoelzer, 7, makes a rubbing of her aunt's name, Kathleen Moran, during anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUSTIN LANE / AFP / Getty Images

The skyline of lower Manhattan on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, as seen from Brooklyn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make a stop at Section 60 to mark the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool / Getty Images

Senate pages bow their heads in remembrance of the victims of the attacks of September 11 during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Win McNamee / Getty Images

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Commemorating the 11th anniversary of 9/11

New York City and the nation are commemorating the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pa.

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1 Comment

  1. September 11, 2012, 10:16 am

    People still believe that some terrorist group called Al Qaeda hijacked two planes and flew them into the twin towers, destroying them? Why are we the only country that thinks this story holds water?
    It's a shame so many people died, and it's an even bigger shame that U.S. citizens haven't bothered to ask questions or investigate what really happened.

    By: EchoJake

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