9/11 attacks: US pays homage to victims

Sep 12, 2014, 09:25 AM IST
A woman places flowers on the name of a loved one during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
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A woman places flowers on the name of a loved one during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

FDNY Rescue Co. 1 retired Lt. Paul Geidel, 82, right, with his wife, Barbara, attend a memorial ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11 terror attacks at the World Trade Center at the Los Angeles Fire Department Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Los Angeles.
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FDNY Rescue Co. 1 retired Lt. Paul Geidel, 82, right, with his wife, Barbara, attend a memorial ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11 terror attacks at the World Trade Center at the Los Angeles Fire Department Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Los Angeles.

Lauren Marinez places one of 2977 American flag in the grass at the University of Michigan Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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Lauren Marinez places one of 2977 American flag in the grass at the University of Michigan Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Lito Deleon holds a photo of friend Wayne Russo, who died in the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York.
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Lito Deleon holds a photo of friend Wayne Russo, who died in the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office honor guard member Stacie Woods, the sun reflecting off of her name tag, stands at attention near a 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial as it was unveiled, in Tampa, Fla.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office honor guard member Stacie Woods, the sun reflecting off of her name tag, stands at attention near a 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial as it was unveiled, in Tampa, Fla.

A woman grieves at her husband's memorial at South Tower Memorial Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
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A woman grieves at her husband's memorial at South Tower Memorial Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Women mourn as officials carry an American flag past them at the beginning of the memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
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Women mourn as officials carry an American flag past them at the beginning of the memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Flowers sit on one of the benches of the Pentagon Memorial at the at the Pentagon.
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Flowers sit on one of the benches of the Pentagon Memorial at the at the Pentagon.

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey participate in a ceremony at the Pentagon to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey participate in a ceremony at the Pentagon to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, left, and Maureen Gilligan place a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, at the 9/11 Memorial at the Public Garden in Boston.
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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, left, and Maureen Gilligan place a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, at the 9/11 Memorial at the Public Garden in Boston.

Members of the New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department carry an American flag at the beginning of the memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
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Members of the New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department carry an American flag at the beginning of the memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

A memorial for firefighter Gerald T. Atwood is attached to an American flag in a sea of American flags during a memorial in Matthews, N.C., on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
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A memorial for firefighter Gerald T. Atwood is attached to an American flag in a sea of American flags during a memorial in Matthews, N.C., on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

President Barack Obama, flanked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaks at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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President Barack Obama, flanked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaks at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

United States Navy veteran Richard Fill, of Easton, Penn., looks up at 1 World Trade Center during a moment of silence on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York.
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United States Navy veteran Richard Fill, of Easton, Penn., looks up at 1 World Trade Center during a moment of silence on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during the playing of Taps to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during the playing of Taps to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and others, bow their heads as they stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as they observe a moment of silence to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and others, bow their heads as they stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as they observe a moment of silence to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

THE TRIBUTE IN LIGHT RISES BEHIND THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND BUILDINGS ADJACENT TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER COMPLEX, IN NEW YORK.
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THE TRIBUTE IN LIGHT RISES BEHIND THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND BUILDINGS ADJACENT TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER COMPLEX, IN NEW YORK.

The Tribute in Lights is seen from Jersey City, N.J., as it rises above the New York City Skyline, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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The Tribute in Lights is seen from Jersey City, N.J., as it rises above the New York City Skyline, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Yachiyo Kuge, the mother of Toshiya Kuge who was a passenger on Flight 93, places origami birds near his name, at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
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Yachiyo Kuge, the mother of Toshiya Kuge who was a passenger on Flight 93, places origami birds near his name, at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The Tribute in Light rises behind buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center in New York. The art installation consists of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, in memory of the former twin towers. Four World Trade Center is at left.
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The Tribute in Light rises behind buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center in New York. The art installation consists of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, in memory of the former twin towers. Four World Trade Center is at left.

Candles in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
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Candles in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The Tribute in Light rises behind the Brooklyn Bridge and buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center complex, in New York. The tribute, an art installation of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, is a remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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The Tribute in Light rises behind the Brooklyn Bridge and buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center complex, in New York. The tribute, an art installation of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, is a remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Street artist Thierry Guetta poses for a portrait in front of the mural '9/11' that he installed on the facade of the Century 21 department store, in New York. The installation, which will last three weeks, is an homage to New Yorkers who endured the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Street artist Thierry Guetta poses for a portrait in front of the mural '9/11' that he installed on the facade of the Century 21 department store, in New York. The installation, which will last three weeks, is an homage to New Yorkers who endured the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand for a moment of silence on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, as they mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Five times, Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day.
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand for a moment of silence on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, as they mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Five times, Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day.