News / USA

Obama Pays Respects at Site of Pentagon Attack

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama lay a wreath as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks are observed at the Pentagon in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama lay a wreath as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks are observed at the Pentagon in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
Luis Ramirez

Sunday was a day of remembrance, tears and resolve as President Barack Obama joined millions of Americans in marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.  The president visited all three memorial sites in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.  

The last of the president’s three stops was here at the Pentagon, where he and first lady Michelle Obama laid a wreath in honor of the 184 people who perished at this spot on September 11, 2001, and shook hands with victims’ relatives.  

Earlier Sunday, bells tolled in New York at the precise moment in the morning when the first jetliner struck one of the World Trade Center towers.

President Obama joined former President George W. Bush at a memorial plaza built at the former site of the towers where the names of the thousands of victims are etched in bronze.

Watch a Related Report from New york City by Carolyn Presutti

At the remembrance ceremony, Mr. Obama read a Bible passage on courage. "We will not fear, even though the Earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea," he said.

The courage displayed by Americans on September 11, 2001 and in the decade since was the subject of praise for Vice President Joe Biden, who helped lead a solemn ceremony at the Pentagon.  Mr. Biden paid tribute to the men and women who have enlisted in the nation's armed forces during past decade, and the thousands who have lost their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.    

“Never before in our history has America asked so much over such a sustained period of an all volunteer force.  So I can say without fear of contradiction or being accused of exaggeration, the [September 11] generation ranks among the greatest our nation has ever produced.  And it was born, it was born, it was born right here on 9/11," he said.

At 9:37 in the morning, a moment of silence marking the exact time that five hijackers crashed American Airlines flight 77 into a section of the Pentagon, killing everyone onboard and 125 people on the ground.   

That section of the building was long ago rebuilt and houses a chapel whose windows overlook a memorial for the 184 victims -- the scene of Sunday's ceremony.  

At Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the president and first lady paid tribute at a monument in a field where United Airlines flight 93 crashed after its passengers fought the hijackers on that September morning.

Memorial Scenes from New York City

You May Like

Karzai's Legacy: Missed Opportunities?

Afghanistan's president leaves behind a much different nation than the one he inherited, yet his legacy from 13 years in power is getting mixed reviews More

Secret Service Chief Under Fire for White House Security Breach

Julia Pierson faces tough questions from lawmakers after recent intrusion at White House, says: 'It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly' More

Frustrated, Liberian Students Want Ebola Fight Role

Thousands have volunteered to go to counties, rural villages to talk to people in their language about deadly virus More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihadi
X
Mahi Ramakrishnan
September 30, 2014 2:16 PM
Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Iran's Rouhani Skeptical on Syria Strikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed skepticism Friday that U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria could crush Islamic State militants. From New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the president was also hopeful that questions about Iran’s nuclear program could be resolved soon.
Video

Video US House Speaker: Congress Should Debate Authorization Against IS

As wave after wave of U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants, the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives says he would be willing to call Congress back into session to debate a formal, broad authorization for the use of military force. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where legislators left town 10 days ago for a seven-week recess.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Video

Video Ebola Robs Liberians of Chance to Say Good-Bye to Loved Ones

In Liberia, where Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people, authorities have worked hard to convince people to allow specialized burial teams to take away dead bodies. But these safety measures, while necessary, make it hard for people to say good bye to their loved ones. VOA's Anne Look reports on the tragedy from Liberia.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid