Eight Years Later: America Remembers 9/11

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Mourners gather near Ground Zero in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2009, to mark the eighth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Construction recently started on the site’s new office towers and memorial.

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Marta Waisman holds a picture of her daughter, Gabriela Waisman, at the rainy ceremony in New York.

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The reflecting pool at the World Trade Center, filled with mourners’ flowers.

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The president and first lady, along with the entire White House staff, observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane crashed.

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The Obamas greet family members of the victims after a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon.

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The memorial benches behind the Pentagon.

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Commemorating the passengers of United Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa.

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Firefighters bear the American flag during the ceremony at Ground Zero.

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Biden and Bloomberg place flowers in the reflecting pool near Ground Zero.

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The Vice President receives an American flag after finishing his speech. He read the poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver. “Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine/
Meanwhile the world goes on/Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain/
are moving across the landscapes.”

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The Congress marked its remembrance of 9/11 on Sept. 9, 2009.

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