A jet airliner is lined up on one of the World Trade Center towers in New York Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. In the most devastating terrorist onslaughts ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its twin 110-story towers. (AP Photo/Carmen Taylor)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is summoning the nation to unity and service as the country prepares to mark 10 long years since the horrors of 9/11.
A day before the anniversary commemorations, Obama paid tribute
to America's resilience and the sacrifice of its war dead.
On Saturday, the president made a pilgrimage to Arlington
National Cemetery, strolling with his wife, Michelle, among graves
filled with dead from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. And he invoked
the common purpose that arose from carnage a decade ago in telling
Americans that the nation cannot be broken by terrorism "no matter
what comes our way."
Obama also visited a soup kitchen, where he and his family
helped prepare trays of gumbo for the needy in the nation's
capital, underscoring the call to national service that rang so
loudly after the terrorist attacks.
At D.C. Central Kitchen, Obama said projects to serve the
community "are part of what the spirit of remembering 9/11's all
about -- the country being unified and looking out for one
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Flight 93 victims remembered as courageous
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton says the
crew and passengers of Flight 93 who fought the terrorists on Sept.
11, 2001 "gave the entire country an incalculable gift: They saved
the capital from attack."
Clinton, former President George W. Bush and Vice President Joe
Biden joined families of the passengers and crew today, at a
ceremony in western Pennsylvania to dedicate the first phase of a
memorial at the nation's newest national park.
Bush told the 5,000 people who attended the ceremony that the
passengers' storming of a hijacked cockpit before the plane crashed
in Shanksville, Pa., "ranks among the most courageous acts in
Unveiled at the ceremony was a Wall of Names -- a set of 40
marble slabs, each inscribed with the name of a passenger or crew
member who died. The names were read as bells tolled and Grammy
Award-winning musician Sarah McLachlan performed the song, "I Will
An effort has begun to raise $10 million to finish the memorial's first phase and maintain it in the future.
9/11 remembered in ceremonies worldwide
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Commemorations marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are under way in the
Players from the American Eagles rugby team joined hundreds of
others Sunday morning at a memorial service in the town of New
Plymouth, New Zealand.
As people around the world plan to commemorate the day, world
leaders are sending messages of mourning and hope.
In the Philippines, President Benigno Aqiuno III praised the
heroism shown by many on 9/11. Aquino is calling on all nations and
peoples "to reaffirm their commitment to peace and stability built
on mutual respect and dialogue between cultures and religions."
South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak has sent a letter to
President Barack Obama, conveying his "deepest condolences" to
the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, their bereaved families and the
American public. Lee calls the attacks "unpardonable" and praises
the U.S. efforts to fight terrorism.
Meanwhile in the U.S., memorial services are planned for Sunday
in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa.
College teams recognize 9/11 anniversary
UNDATED (AP) -- College football teams are remembering the 10th
anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Army cadets passed out American flags to fans before the Black
Knights' game against San Diego State on Saturday, the day before
the anniversary. A large American flag also was unfurled as part of
the tribute that included the West Point band.
In Ann Arbor, Mich., "God Bless America" was played as a
scroll of Michigan graduates who lost their lives on 9/11 was shown
on the video boards before the Notre Dame game.
The Washington Huskies wore white helmets with the American flag
embodied within the "W" on the side of their helmets against
Eastern Washington, and the "N" on Northwestern's helmets was in
the colors of the American flag.