Sep 11, 2013 at 9:29 am
NEW YORK / WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) - The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks has started with a solemn bell toll and a moment of silence at the World Trade Center site.
The moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday 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.
Christina Aceto read the name of her father, Richard Anthony Aceto. She says she misses her father every day.
A second bell tolled at 9:03 a.m. to mark when the second plane hit the twin towers. Then the reading of the names resumed.
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 Sept. 11 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 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center tower in New York a dozen years ago. They 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. They then attended a Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon.
The President also plans to mark the anniversary by participating in a volunteer project.
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