Remembering 9/11: 11 Years Later [VIDEO]

Ceremonies held across the nation today to remember the victims of the terror attacks that took place 11 years ago on September 11, 2001.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorists hijacked airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, as well as a plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

FOX News Radio’s Courtney Kealy reports on the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial from New York City:

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Two-hundred family members reading in pairs, the names of the loved ones lost, amid the six moments of silence. These moments being observed for the times the planes struck the towers, the attacks on the Pentagon and on Flight 93 and when the towers fell.

(Family Member of Victim) “To my Aunt Lucille Teresa King, you were small but you were mighty. You’re in good company. We love you and miss you every day. We will never forget.”

Many politicians in attendance, but only family members who lost loved ones speaking at Ground Zero.

In New York, Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.

After observing a moment of silence on the White House lawn in memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Pentagon’s 9/11 ceremony.

FOX News Radio’s Rich Johnson reports from the Pentagon:

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The President told relatives of the Pentagon 9/11 victims, he understands that this will always be a difficult day, but he also made this pledge:

(President Obama) “Your loved ones will never be forgotten. They will endure in the hearts of our nation because through their sacrifice they helped us make the America we are today.”

And Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised the survivors here at the Pentagon, the people who risk their own lives to save others. He said that is the enduring legacy of 9/11 on this site.

At the Pentagon, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.

WATCH President Obama’s remarks at the Pentagon:

Vice President Joe Biden was in Shanksville, Pennsylvania along with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar at the Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service. There they honored the 40 people who lost their lives on United Flight 93.

LISTEN to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar speak at the 9/11 Memorial in Shanksville, PA:

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LISTEN to Vice President Joe Biden speak at the 9/11 Memorial in Shanksville, PA:

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Family members of victims gathering today at the World Trade Center site in New York, which remains a construction zone.  But unlike the first several years after the attacks, a WTC building will once again tower above them.

FOX News Radio’s Courtney Kealy has more on 1 World Trade Center from New York City:

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The Freedom Tower will open in 2014.  It will stand 104 stories and the spire on its top will bring the building to 1,776 feet, with observation decks on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors.  Tenants so far include magazine publisher Conde Nast and the Federal government’s General Services Administration.  It’s expected to cost nearly $4 billion by the time it’s complete.

Most of the eight-acre Memorial quadrangle opened last year, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  A museum being built remains incomplete, but some 4.65 million have already visited the twin reflecting pools where the Twin Towers stood.

In New York, Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.

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