SEVEN YEARS LATER AT GROUND ZERO: STILL THE TEARS COME
September 11, 2008
(NEW YORK, NY) -- It was day that began like any other seven years ago today, but what happened that day in New York City would change the world and the course of history.
Overhead shot of aftermath of terrorist attack of
September 11, 2001
With tears in their eyes and some waving photos of deceased loved ones, hundreds of relatives and friends of some of the 2,751 people killed that day gathered under gray skies in New York City today to observe the seventh anniversary of the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center. That was the infamous day when terrorists commandeered then crashed two hijacked American jetliners into the twin towers.
Others gathered today in smaller remembrances around the region, in firehouses, police stations, parks and houses of worship in the greater New York area and around the country.
For the second year, construction work kept the main ceremony from being held at the excavated hole at ground zero but mourners carrying bouquets of flowers and mementos were escorted down a ramp to the towers’ base. A few hours later, both major presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama made the same trek into the base.
The name of every victim was read aloud and announced by 105 pairs of readers followed by the release of heart-shaped balloons that drifted north over the downtown New York City skyline. Each reader pair included a relative of a victim and a foreign student representing one of the 95 countries that lost someone in the carnage. It took more than three hours to read all names.
During the ceremony a bell chimed and the crowd went silent at four different times: at 8:46 a.m., when American Airlines flight number 11 rammed into the north tower; at 9:03, when United flight number 175 hit the south tower; at 9:59, a.m. when the south tower collapsed and at 10:29 a.m. when the north tower fell to the ground.