Country gives pause to remember 9/11 victims

By Lenn Almaden Thornhill, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 11, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Today, America pauses to remember those killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history, which happened on September 11, 2001.

In Washington D.C., President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice-President Joe Biden paused for a moment of silence with staff members on the White House lawn at 8:46 a.m. EST – the moment the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

“Time that has brought us pain but also time that has brought us endurance and strength,” said the president, “A time of rebuilding, resilience and of renewal.”

Meantime, in New York City, Ground Zero for the attacks, people gather in silence as they honored and remembered the names of 2,983 people, including 18 Filipinos who died from the attacks.

These Pinoy tourists say they want to pay their respects to those who lost their lives so senselessly.

“Syempre kasi mga tao din yun mga nagtratrabaho dyan sa world trade,” said John Philip, a Pinoy tourist, “So you go, malungkot. So pagdating ko sabi ko puntahan ko yun area mismo.”

“Malungkot,” said Mr. Espino, who was visiting from Austria. “Tapos, gusto naming bumili nang t-shirt doon, pero hinid na rin, kasi tinitingnan naming kung sami nang yaro yun sa tin hindi natin alam ang gagawin.”

Moments of silence were also held for the strike on the South Tower of the Pentagon.

In Shankville, Pennsylvania, people also gathered at the Flight 93 National Memorial to honor the 40 passengers and crew who died while disrupting the terror group’s plot to crash the plane into an unknown target.

The Memorial quieted in a moment of silence at 10:28 a.m., the moment the hijacked plan crashed into the field.

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  • noz
    11 September 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    remember 09-11-01 is so we will never forget. after more than a decade the islamists are still active, their ambitions are way stronger to hit the USA – they call the biggest infidels. terror attempts have been halted in the past in cities like NYC, LA. the terrorist groups have used islam religion to justify their violence of terror to convert the non-believers. their blind aspiration is jihad against other religions.