September 11th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Commemorations mark 9/11 anniversary

President Obama spoke at the Pentagon, Vice President Joe Biden appeared at New York's ground zero, and first lady Michelle Obama - accompanied by former first lady Laura Bush - addressed listeners in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday in observance of the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"The highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most - to stay true to who we are as Americans, to renew our sense of common purpose, to say that we define the character of our country and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are," the president said.

Biden, joined by his wife, Jill, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. David Paterson and victims' family members, placed flowers in a pool at the former site of the World Trade Center.


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  1. Terri Lehman-Carrow

    I prefer to remember SEPTEMBER 10th 2001...a day when 2751 naive people went about their business in NYC-boarded planes for business trips, walked Pentagon hallways to their office – like any other day-unknowing what lie ahead, when the towers still reached for the sky, before the terror took them and left forever scars on our world.

    September 11, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Astarte

      Terri, we must NEVER forget what happened on 9/11

      September 11, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophia Turner

      That is so true. Although we must not forget those who wher lost we must not forget that there was a sense of normacy prior and hopefully we can return to that some day.

      September 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ray gibbs

    Yes, as President Obama said this 9/11: "we define the character of our country."

    September 11, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. ::: for CNN :::

    has the Press already forgot the 9/11 of the Gulf of Mexico???
    and... the tool able to stop the oil spill in the early days of May

    September 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nobama

    Obama held a "private ceremony" at the White House today in memory of 9/11. I wonder if he's honoring the Americans who were killed that day or the "martyrs" who gave their lives in the name of Allah.

    September 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    I’ve lived in NYC for many years now and was here 9 years ago on this date that changed everyones lives forever. I live 2 blocks from the hallowed grounds in which so many lost there lives in such a horrific manner. I’ve never gone to listen or see the families as they read the names at ground zero. I felt compelled to go this year as I was watching on tv as well as from my window. Jake and I sat and listened as the names were read. As these unlucky families who lost loved ones hugged, wept and remembered, I couldn’t help but notice that it seemed they had gained new family members with those who were next to them and had also lost someone. Smiles and laughter soon would take the place of tearing eyes and sorrow. I witnessed the same thing at the American cemetery in Normandy a few years back and couldn’t help but think that the term “We will never forget” has come true again and will forever.

    September 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ground Zero Mosque

    Anyone who thinks the Ground Zero Mosque should be built needs to see this video. There were human remains that struck the Ground Zero Mosque location. Obama's support of radical imam Faisal Abdul Rauf is disgusting.

    September 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. La Piovra

    Dear "Nobama": You know that you have no just cause for your remark, and that you say it from spite, bigotry, and sheer mean malice. Nonetheless, there may be somebody dumb enough to believe you, just as there is always a dumb dog who will swallow Fox poop. Since Julius Streicher's place has been vacant for a number of years, though, please feel free to apply – your imagination may be quite as good.

    September 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. honestly

    suck it up, 911 will always be enbedded in our memory we truly will never forget. who ever thought something like that was humanly possible. terror and acts of terror will soon come to naught.

    September 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah


    September 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. I-Write

    On 9/9, two days before the attacks, Al Qaeda assassinated the leader of resistance in Afghanistan. the plan was much more comprehensive: they wanted to root out any possible allies in AFghanistan that might help the US in toppling the Taliban after 9/11.
    for more:

    September 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fukimam

    Fuk these this none loyal americans,if it was my child I would say fuk islam

    September 12, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
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