Zoe Koosoulis, left, and her daughter Eleni work on a painting of the lower Manhattan skyline Monday at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Koosoulis lost her daughter Danielle during the 9/11 attacks. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.
U.S. flags fly at half-staff Tuesday, marking the anniversary of September 11. Americans paused to remember those who were lost 11 years ago in New York, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa., and those since, who served and died in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The president and first lady observed a moment of silence with staff at the White House, spoke at a memorial garden at the Pentagon, and visited the graves of soldiers who most recently died and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
President Obama’s remarks from the Pentagon Memorial:
President Obama remarks were filled with a message of hope, that those who lives were lost, will never be forgotten. Mr. Obama told family and friends of the 184 who died at the Pentagon, “They will endure in the hearts of our nation, because through their sacrifice, they helped us make the America we are today, an America that has emerged even stronger.”
Watch this year’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony from New York.
Many gathered in New York at Ground Zero’s 9/11 Memorial for the annual reading of the names of the 2,892 Americans who died on September 11, 2001. There, friends and family members reading the names included messages of remembrance and love.
Presidential campaigning slowed as the candidates take the day to remember and honor the dead. Both Mitt Romney and President Obama agreed to suspend negative campaign ads for the day.
As painful as this day is and always will be, it leaves us with the lesson that no act of terrorism can ever change what we stand for. -bo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2012
On this most somber day, America is united under God in its quest for peace and freedom at home and across the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 11, 2012
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