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Nation Marks Seventh Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Seven years after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, commemoration ceremonies took place across the country to mark the anniversary. Kwame Holman reports on the observances in Washington, D.C., New York City and Shanksville, Pa.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    September 11, seven years later.

    "NewsHour" correspondent Kwame Holman reports on the day's events, beginning with the ceremony in New York City.

    MICHAEL BLOOMBERG (I), Mayor of New York: Today marks the seventh anniversary of the day our world was broken. It lives forever in our hearts and in our history, a tragedy that unites us in a common memory and a common story.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Much like ceremonies past, today's commemoration at ground zero was freighted with the emotion of that September morning.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    At 8:46 a.m. silence — the moment American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower. Silence was observed three more times, marking the strike on the south tower and the moments both buildings collapsed.

    CATHERINE HERNANDEZ, Family Member of 9/11 Victim: So many things have happened in my life that I want to tell my papi.

    I joined the New York City Police Department. I got married. My husband and I moved into a beautiful new house. And we had a baby, Kyle Noberto. I'm also continuing my college education. I know he is proud of me and he would have been a wonderful grandfather to Kyle.

    Whenever we parted, papi would say (SPEAKING SPANISH). And, this morning, I want to say the same thing to my papi.

    I love you and go with God.

    AIDAN SALAMONE, Family Member of 9/11 Victim: My dad died on 9/11, but he is not gone. Just look at each of our faces, and you will see him shine through us every day.

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