U.S. pauses to re­mem­ber day that changed it

Cer­e­monies across coun­try mark 15th an­niver­sary of 9/11

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Vera Haller and Brian Ben­nett

NEW YORK — With solemn cer­e­monies and prayers, mo­ments of si­lence and the ring­ing of bells, the na­tion on Sun­day marked the 15th an­niver­sary of the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks that claimed the lives of 2,977 vic­tims and f or­ever changed how the United States views it­self and its place in the world.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions un­folded in New York and out­side Washington, where hi­jack­ers pi­loted planes into the World Trade Cen­ter and Pen­tagon, and in a ru­ral field in Penn­syl­va­nia, where Flight 93 crashed af­ter pas­sen­gers fought back against their hi­jack­ers.

“As Amer­i­cans, we do not give in to fear,” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said at the Pen­tagon Memo­rial ser­vice as about 800 fam­ily and friends of those who died stood for 30 sec­onds of si­lence at 9:37 a.m. ET, the same time that a jet­liner struck the build­ing and killed 184 peo­ple.

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton and Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump at­tended the cer­e­mony in Lower Man­hat­tan, but Clin­ton left early and ap­peared to stum­ble as she ap­proached her ve­hi­cle. The cam­paign later is­sued a state­ment from Clin­ton’s doc­tor say­ing she had been di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia on Fri­day and was re­cov­er­ing from it.

The New York cer­e­mony started with a mo­ment of si­lence at 8:46 a.m. ET, co­in­cid­ing with the time the first plane struck the north tower. Some bowed their heads while others held high the pho­tos of their loved ones.

Then be­gan the process of read­ing out the names of the vic­tims. Fam­ily mem­bers came to the stage in pairs to read them out and some­times add a heartfelt mes­sage.

Den­nis Scauso was one of 343 NewYork City fire­fight- Vis­i­tors gather Satur­day at the south pool, which marks the for­mer site of the south tower of New York’s World Trade Cen­ter, de­stroyed in the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks. ers who died try­ing to save peo­ple at the World Trade Cen­ter; his re­mains were never found. His rel­a­tives came to the cer­e­mony as they do ev­ery year, find­ing com­fort in the com­pany of others who lost loved ones in the at­tack.

“It’s all very beau­ti­ful be­cause you are sur­rounded by peo­ple who are go­ing through and feel­ing the same thing you are go­ing through,” said one of his sis­ters, Nancy Shak­ouri.

The New York re­mem­brance was a pri­vate event at­tended by fam­i­lies and lo­cal of­fi­cials.

At the Pen­tagon cer­emo- ny in Ar­ling­ton, Va., a large Amer­i­can flag hung from the roof of the build­ing where Amer­i­can Air­lines Flight 77 bar­reled into the lime­stone fa­cade.

De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash Carter and Chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dun­ford joined Obama in plac­ing a wreath of white lilies in the memo­rial gar­den, and a mil­i­tary band played “Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful.”

“The most en­dur­ing memo­rial ... is en­sur­ing the Amer­ica we con­tinue to be, that we stay true to our­selves, stay true to what is best in us, that we not let others di­vide us,” the pres­i­dent said.

Abraham Scott, 64, came to the Pen­tagon with his two daugh­ters, two grand­daugh­ters and many other rel­a­tives and friends.

His wife, Janice Marie Scott, was work­ing as a bud­get of­fi­cer at the Pen­tagon on the morn­ing of the at­tacks.

For years, Scott sat in monthly ther­apy ses­sions with other fam­i­lies of peo­ple killed at the Pen­tagon. He talked about his wife’s death and how it up­ended his fam­ily’s life.

“My de­sire to hate has gone,” Scott said. “I turned

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