The 11th anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11 terror attacks began in New York with a moment of silence this morning to mark the moment that the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the World Trade Center in 2001.
The reading of nearly 3,000 victims' names in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania continued as usual this year. But many felt it was time to move forward after the emotional turning point of last year's 10th anniversary.
For the first time in New York, only family members were to speak at the anniversary ceremony. Elected officials had spoken in past years. Commemorations were also scheduled at the Pentagon, where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were to attend. Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at a memorial in Shanksville, Pa., where the fourth hijacked jetliner crashed.
In Denver, a remembrance ceremony will include remarks from Gov. John Hickenlooper and will honor first responders who helped during the summer’s historic wildfires and the Aurora theater shooting. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan are also scheduled to speak at the event in front of Denver's City and County building.
World Trade Center artifacts and a New York City fire department truck will be on display.