9/11: Thursday Marks 13th Anniversary of World Trade Center, Pentagon Terrorist Attacks

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Led by President Obama in Washington and solemn officials and relatives of those who died in New York, Americans on Thursday again recalled the terrorist attacks that struck the heart of the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, an anniversary that comes a day after the president called for stepped up military action in the Middle East.

A ceremony commemorating the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was underway in New York on Sept. 11, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

A ceremony commemorating the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was underway in New York on Sept. 11, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

As they have every year, New Yorkers paused at the Twin Towers site and read aloud the names of the nearly 3,000 killed when planes struck the World Trade Center, one of three sites for the attacks. The roll call of the dead stopped four times for memorial silence, when the first plane hit, when the second plane hit and twice more when each tower fell.

Joanne Barbara, whose husband of 30 years, Gerard Barbara, was a Fire Department of New York captain who died, urged all to remember not only the lost but “those who continue to suffer from the aftermath.”

“May God bless America, and may we never, never forget,” she said on broadcast images.

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