NEW YORK — Tears, vows and memories marked emotionally charged ceremonies Sunday at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon and a rural field in western Pennsylvania on the 15th anniversary of the most deadly terror attack in U.S. history.
Bells tolled across much of the nation at 8:46 a.m. ET, the moment the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Thousands gathered here as family members, after a moment of silence, solemnly said aloud the names of the almost 3,000 victims. The presenters each read about 30 names, ending with a few words about their own loss.
“I love and miss you dearly, and I wish I was able to spend more time with you,” said Maria Frances Pullis, who was only 17 months old when her father, Edward, died in the South Tower. “But I know you’re up in heaven watching.”
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SOURCES: USA Today Online