America Pauses To Remember 9/11

People around the world are remembering the events of that day


The field where the plane crashed is blocked by a 10-foot-tall chain-link fence covered with American flags, firefighter helmets and drawings by children.

Congress To Gather On Capitol Steps

Members of Congress will mark the anniversary with another bipartisan gathering on the steps of the Capitol building.

Five years ago, dozens of lawmakers gathered there and sang "God Bless America" to show that the government was intact and unified. Lawmakers will put aside their differences over national security to do that again this evening.

Attendance might be a little lower than it was five years ago. Many lawmakers are back home campaigning for reelection and attending local events marking the anniversary.

Many lawmakers think the hijackers of United Flight 93 intended to crash the jet into the Capitol or the White House. The plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania when the passengers fought back.

Washington Remembers Those Lost

The nation's capital is remembering those it lost on Sept. 11.

Thousands of people walked from the National Mall to the Pentagon on the eve of the five-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Sunday's Freedom Walk, sponsored by the Defense Department, was one of more than 120 walks organized in cities in all 50 states.

The walk was led by students and faculty at three local elementary schools who lost classmates and teachers on Sept. 11. The six were on their way to a field trip on American Airlines Flight 77 when it smashed into the side of the Pentagon.

At the Pentagon, 184 beams of light were illuminated in the courtyard to honor each victim who perished when a hijacked jetliner struck the building. They will stay lit until Monday night.

U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Remember

U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan have taken time to remember Sept. 11.

Afghanistan's Taliban regime had given safe haven to attack-mastermind Osama bin Laden and was toppled by U.S. troops weeks later.

At the main U.S. base in Kabul Monday, soldiers unveiled a plaque commemorating the Sept. 11 victims and laid a wreath in front of it.

Among those speaking at the memorial service was a soldier who was in the Pentagon when a hijacked plane crashed into it on that day five years ago. Staff Sgt. Alicia Watkins said what stays with her is the resilience of the American people despite the horrors of the day.

The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said there has been progress since the invasion. Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry acknowledges the recent upsurge in violence but said he doesn't think it will hamper reconstruction.

Eikenberry said U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan until "the Afghan people tell us our job is done."

Ceremonies Worldwide

Bells tolled in Rome's city hall square. And bouquets of white roses and yellow carnations were stacked in a memorial garden in London where the names of 67 Britons killed in the New York attacks are inscribed.

The world is remembering Sept. 11 with bowed heads -- and some simmering resentment toward the United States.

Leaders attending a 38-nation Asia-Europe summit in Finland stood in silence in a circle for a solemn tribute.

But Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is merging her remembrance and call for "international cooperation" with veiled criticism of U.S. military action and counter-terror tactics. She said, "The ends cannot justify the means."

And New Zealand's prime minister said the world is "not more secure since 9/11." Helen Clark is calling for outreach to moderate Islamic states and leaders to foster greater understanding.

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