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Remembering: Cremonies for Victims of September 11th

December 11, 2001 at 12:00 AM EST

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SPENCER MICHELS: In more than 80 countries, including Pakistan, Americans and others gathered to remember the exact moment, three months ago today, when terror struck in lower Manhattan.

WENDY CHAMBERLIN, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan: We can best grasp the enormity of that tragedy by thinking of it not as if thousands of people died, but as though one person died a thousand times. Each of them had hopes and dreams that will now never be fulfilled. Together they left more than 15,000 orphans, countless friends and colleagues and family members who loved them and whose lives, also, will never be the same.

SPENCER MICHELS: At the American embassy in Moscow, the “Star Spangled Banner” rang out… ( “Star-spangled banner” playing ) …And at the American airbase in Ramstein, Germany.. ( “Star-spangled banner” playing ) …And at 10 Downing Street in London, home of the British prime minister. At the Vatican, a memorial Mass was led by an American, Cardinal Edmund Szoka.

CARDINAL EDMUND SZOKA, Vatican: We are here to pray at this mass for all those who were killed, for all those who were wounded. We are also here to pray for the loved ones they left behind.

SPENCER MICHELS: The events of 9/11 were even remembered in space, aboard the international space station.

FRANK CULBERTSON, Commander, International Space Station: It affected us on board. It made us think a great deal about the importance of what we are doing, the importance of our loved ones, the importance of peace around the world. And we hope very much that what we have been doing up here has set a good example for that.

SPENCER MICHELS: Back on Earth, in New York, workers paused at the place where the first jet hit one of the Twin Towers at 8:46 A.M. The latest estimates are that 3,045 people died there.

REV. JAMES LOUGRAN, President, St. Peter’s College: In this season of light, hearts are heavy. (Playing “God Bless America” )

SPENCER MICHELS: Familiar songs rang out at the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the Pentagon. That ceremony occurred at 9:38 local time, when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.

DONALD RUMSFELD, Secretary of Defense: The terrorists who are responsible for their deaths prefer us to extinguish the memory of their lives, of their deaths, and the meaning of their sacrifice. We will not. We will remember their lives and the reason for their deaths, until freedom triumphs over oppression, over fear, and long beyond.

SPENCER MICHELS: Today’s events included one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the state where the fourth crash on September 11 killed 44 people. The memorials were a reminder of the more than 80 countries which had citizens killed in the attacks. At the White House, today, the President said he remembered “the perfect blueness of the sky that Tuesday morning.”

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found. And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom’s home, and freedom’s defender. God bless.

SPENCER MICHELS: In the future, the President said, perhaps there may be a permanent memorial to help children understand the events of September 11, 2001.