|In this photo released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks while Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey stands by during a ceremony to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon outside Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Sept. 11, 2012. (Xinhua/DOD Photo/Teddy Wade)|
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Americans on Tuesday gathered for ceremonies to cherish the memories of nearly 3,000 innocent people who were killed by airplanes hijacked by terrorists 11 years ago on this very day.
Two of the jets brought down the Twin Towers of New York City's World Trade Center, another extensively damaged the Pentagon outside Washington and a fourth crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania when passengers aboard that flight revolted against the hijackers.
In New York City, family members of the victims in the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks gathered on Tuesday at the National September 11 Memorial plaza in New York City's lower Manhattan area for a memorial ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.
At Ground Zero where the twin towers once stood, amid music played by bagpipers and drummers and the U.S. national anthem performed by the Young People's Chorus of New York City, more than 1,000 relatives of those killed and other gathered for the annual reading of the list of 2,983 people killed at the three sites. The list excludes the 19 hijackers, who also died.
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