Thousands of mourners turned out in lower Manhattan in New York City Friday morning to mark the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. A vigil at the site of the World Trade Center, where nearly 3,000 people were killed, drew those who had lived through the tragedy and people who wanted to pay respects to those who lost their lives. Survivors want the world to remember what happened that day.
Mourners braved rain and strong winds to hear the names of more than 2,700 victims read aloud and to observe moments of silence at the exact time each building was struck and then again at the time when each building fell.
Vigils were also held at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed, and in Western Pennsylvania, where 40 victims on board a fourth airliner died after fighting with their hijackers and forcing the plane down into a field.
People who lived through the events of that day say that nearly a decade later, they are worried that the tragedy is slowly being forgotten.
Angelina Jimenez lost her mother who was working in the Twin Towers.
"Even eight years later, it is hard to believe how people disrespect this day," she said. "They don't really show respect anymore."
Survivors also said they want to help teach younger generations about how deeply the attacks changed the face of New York.
Sulle Rock worked in one of the twin towers and narrowly escaped the building before it collapsed. He said the event moved him to pursue a life in music with a message to remind young people, including his own children, what happened on that day.
It's not remembered like it is supposed to be remembered," said Rock. "So now I feel it's time for me to speak out and make sure people never forget. I'm here to speak to a whole different generation.
Speaking at the vigil, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it is the "sacred duty" of New Yorkers to carry on the memories of those lost.