On the 13th anniversary of 9/11, New Yorkers at the Twin Towers site read aloud the names of the nearly 3,000 killed when planes struck the World Trade Center, one of three sites for the attacks. The roll call of the dead stopped four times for memorial silence, when the first plane hit, when the second plane hit and twice more when each tower fell.
On the front lawn of the White House, Obama marked the occasion and ended with a word of hope:
“They sought to break our spirit and to prove to the world that their power to destroy was greater than our power to persevere and to build,” Obama said. “But you, and America, proved them wrong.”