Nine Septembers have come and gone and yet, the many days that separate America now from a chilling day in its history did not dull remembrance Saturday.

Once again, the nation paused in silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. A few minutes later, at 9:03 a.m., another solemn silence befell New York to mark the moment when a second jet pierced through the South Tower.

As has been customary now on every anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the names of the nearly 3,000 dead will be read out one by one at each of the three sites where people perished — in New York, in Washington and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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