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Obama: Americans Resilient 11 Years After Attacks

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and members of the White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the South Lawn of the White House.
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and members of the White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the South Lawn of the White House.
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— President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participated in observances at the White House and the Pentagon marking the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 al-Qaida terrorist attacks on the United States.

As President Obama observed, the cool, bright sunny morning was a reminder of the day 11 years before when terrorists struck the United States.

The president and his wife Michelle gathered with hundreds of staff members on the White House South Lawn.

At 8:45 a.m. ET, two U.S. Marines appeared at the door underneath the White House portico, while two others presented the colors, one holding the U.S. flag, another a trumpet.

A minute later, marking the moment American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, a full Marine color guard emerged.  

  • The World Trade Center Flag is presented as friends and relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, September 11, 2012.
  • President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and members of the White House staff pause during a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
  • A woman becomes emotional after reading the name of her father as friends and relatives of the victims of the September 11 attacks gather at a memorial, New York, September 11, 2012.
  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks, New York, September 11, 2012.
  • The tower known as 1 World Trade Center, left, the National September 11 Memorial, bottom left, and 4 World Trade Center, right, are bathed in light, New York, September 11, 2012.
  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks gather for a ceremony, New York, September 11, 2012.
  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks, New York, September 11, 2012.
  • Some 2,977 American flags representing each person killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks decorate a lawn on the campus of Georgia Tech Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, September 11, 2012.
  • Forty luminaria are placed at the wall of names in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial at sunset on September 10, 2012 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • A boy runs among flags flying at Pepperdine University in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Malibu, California, September 10, 2012.

The Obamas stood with heads bowed, facing the National Mall, as the Marine trumpeter played taps and all held their hands to their hearts.

They then traveled the short distance to the Pentagon in Virginia where in 2001 terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building.

With Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, they laid a wreath at the Pentagon Memorial in honor of the 184 people who lost their lives there.

No matter how many years pass, the president said, those who died in the attacks will not be forgotten.

"It is because of their sacrifice that we have come together and dealt a crippling blow to the organization that brought evil to our shores. Al-Qaida's leadership has been devastated. Osama bin Laden will never threaten us again. Our country is safer and our people are resilient," said Obama.

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September 11, 2012
Thousands of people are gathering in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania to mark the 11th anniversary of the al-Qaida terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.

Panetta said the September 11, 2001 attacks produced a new sense of unity in America.

"Out of the shock and sadness of 9/11 came a new sense of unity and resolve that this would not happen again. It inspired a fierce determination to fight back and protect our way of life. In trying to attack our strengths, the terrorists unleashed our greatest strength, the spirit and the will of Americans to fight for their country."

As on previous September 11 anniversaries, the president and his wife stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to visit an area reserved for the graves of military personnel killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Later in the day, Obama visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to meet with wounded military personnel.

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by: bob bernard udoh from: nigeria
September 12, 2012 6:23 AM
Am very happy that the devil, Osama bin laden has been killed and never to come back to this world again


by: Mike from: California
September 12, 2012 12:38 AM
Yes, we have always been Resilient. I am surprised it took this long for him to notice.

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