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Congress Remembers 9/11

Holds memorial service on Capitol steps

Washington, DC
Monday, September 12, 2011

The nation paused yesterday to remember the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ceremonies continued today in Washington as Congressional members attended a remembrance event on the East Front steps of the Capitol.

House and Senate leaders Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid and John Boehner made remarks and members observed a moment of silence. Senate Chaplain Barry Black concluded the ceremony with a benediction and all the members in attendance sang "God Bless America."

Yesterday, political leaders and top officials visited New York city, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, to participate in memorial dedications, 9/11 ceremonies as well as a "Concert of Hope" at the Kennedy Center.

In a rare joint appearance, President Obama with former President George W. Bush participated in New York City’s tenth anniversary observance of 9/11.  Both families observed a moment of silence at the North Memorial pool followed with a Bible reading by Pres. Obama. This also marked the official memorial opening which was proceeded by the reading of all those who perished on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93.

At the Pentagon, survivors and family members of victims of the 9/11 Pentagon terrorist attack gathered Sunday for a memorial service commemorating the tenth anniversary of the event.  Vice President Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen spoke to the audience.  Vice Pres. Biden said in his remarks that the attacks generated a “9/11 generation of patriots.”

Also yesterday, family members and friends of the 40 passengers and crew killed aboard United Flight 93 gather at a newly dedicated national park, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania marking the site where the hijacked jet crashed during the terrorist attacks.  Speakers included, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett and Congressman Bill Shuster and former Homeland Security Department Director and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7:30pm (ET)

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