8 Years Later
POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 2:54pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm
Mourners mark anniversary of September 11th terrorist attacks...
It's been eight years, 2,922 days since coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center and the nation's capitol killed nearly 3000 Americans in the worst terrorist act this country has ever seen.
The 9-11 victims were remembered Friday in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
At Ground Zero, New Yorkers paused four times.
One for each moment the planes hit.
One for each moment the towers fell.
"In our joys and in our sorrows, we know we belong to one another," said Vice President Joe Biden.
For more than three hours, they read the names of each victim, nearly 3000 in all.
Grace Alviar's husband Cesar died in the first tower the planes hit.
"Eight years have passed, but sometimes it feels like everything just happened yesterday. The pain can still be so sharp," said Alviar.
New York is remembering 9-11 and looking ahead, joining President Obama’s call to make this a day of national service.
"We will safeguard the memories of those who died by rekindling the spirit of service that lit our city with hope," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In Washington, the president and first lady observed a moment of silence at the White House before joining families in driving rain to honor the 184 victims killed at the Pentagon.
Mr. Obama promised America won't give up on finding their attackers.
"In defense of our nation we will never waver; in pursuit of Al Qaeda and its extremist allies, we will never falter," the President said.
Friday afternoon, the Obamas helped paint a Habitat For Humanity home as part of his call to service.
In Shanksville, Pennsylvania Friday, bells tolled at the crash site where 40 people died fighting hijackers on a fourth plane that was believed to be headed to Washington.
"We must never forget what they did here as they struck this first blow in the battle against terrorism," said Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
A battle that continues as America remembers.