Fire and police officers hold a large American flag before the start of the memorial ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2012 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash la
NEW YORK (AP) - The 11th anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11 terror attacks began in New York with a moment of silence to mark the moment that the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the World Trade Center in 2001.
The reading of nearly 3,000 victims' names in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania continued as usual this year. But many felt it was time to move forward after the emotional turning point of last year's 10th anniversary.
For the first time in New York, only family members were to speak at the anniversary ceremony. Elected officials had spoken in past years.
Jane Pollicino was among the 300 people who gathered Tuesday morning at the Sept. 11 memorial which opened last year. She says there's less pressure during this year than the 10th year anniversary.
Commemorations were also scheduled at the Pentagon, which President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended.
Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at a memorial in Shanksville, Pa., where the fourth hijacked jetliner crashed.
The Associated Press