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From the White House:

"No act of terror can match the strength or the character of our country."—President Obama at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum

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From the White House:

"No act of terror can match the strength or the character of our country."
—President Obama at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Image description: Yesterday, members of the National Park Service placed candles at the Wall of Names the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania to commemorate the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

From the Department of Interior:

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted. Today the National Park Service, its volunteers, and its partners work to honor their sacrifice and to try to understand more fully the legacy of Flight 93 and the other events of 9/11. Last night candle lanterns were placed at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 Memorial in honor of these brave men and women.

Photos: Tami A. Heilemann

Please Observe a Moment of Silence at 8:46 a.m.

Today we honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Please observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Remember the 9/11 Victims with a Moment of Silence

Wednesday, September 11 is the 12th anniversary of the terrorists attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 men, women and children in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and at the plane crash site in Pennsylvania.

The anniversary is a day to remember those we lost and to stand with their families and loved ones.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, many Americans were compelled to serve their fellow citizens and communities. As such, September 11 is now recognized as a day of service and remembrance. You can find ways to give back in your community by visiting Serve.gov.

Learn more about the 9/11 memorials in New York, Washington, DC and Shanksville, PA, look up the names of victims and view photos and recovered objects.

Please observe a moment of silence on September 11, starting at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), to honor the victims who died as a result of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Image description: Sailors fold the American flag aboard the USS Mobile Bay in memory of lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter M. Wayman, U.S. Navy.

Image description: Sailors fold the American flag aboard the USS Mobile Bay in memory of lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter M. Wayman, U.S. Navy.