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Memorials Honor Victims on 12th Anniversary of 9/11

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Families and friends of those who died at the World Trade Center 12 years ago today have been milling around the memorial site in lower Manhattan today, making rubbings of names and leaving flowers in memory of the victims.

A moment of silence was held at the World Trade Center site at 5:46 Wednesday morning marked when the first plane hit the twin towers on a clear, sunny day in 2001.

Then, families of the victims started reading aloud the names of those who died. There was also a moment of silence at 6:03, when the second plane struck the South Tower.

After more names being read, another moment of silence at 6:37 was observed for the moment Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.

A final moment was held at 6:59, which marks the time when the towers collapsed. 

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Gov. George Pataki attended, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Anthony Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

President Barack Obama marked the 12th anniversary of the attacks with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House.

Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, walked out of the White House at 5:46 and bowed their heads to observe a moment of silence, which was followed by a bugler playing taps.

Dozens of White House staff joined the Obamas and Bidens on the South Lawn to observe the anniversary.

He then attended a ceremony at the Pentagon and plans to mark the anniversary by participating in a volunteer project.

The names of passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 have been read aloud by relatives and bells have been tolled in their honor.

Amid a gentle breeze Wednesday, more than 200 people at the Flight 93 National Memorial heard the names of the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died in the crash.

Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was hijacked with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol.

As passenger Todd Beamer issued the rallying cry "Let's roll," he and several fellow passengers rushed down the airliner's aisle to try to overwhelm the hijackers after learning of the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The 9/11 Commission concluded that the hijackers downed the plane as the hostages revolted.

Courtesy The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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