A Country Remembers Sept. 11

On Sunday, the country remembered one of its darkest days — Sept. 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 Americans died in a series of terrorist attacks. Host Guy Raz looks at the day's events in New York; Shanksville, Pa.; and Washington, D.C. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President George W. Bush were among the speakers.

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GUY RAZ, Host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.

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RAZ: Music from a memorial ceremony held today at the site of ground zero in New York City. Thousands of people gathered to remember the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, here in Washington at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Here are some of the voices from those memorials.

BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS: (Singing) Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light. What so proudly we hailed...

BARACK OBAMA: Even though the earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling, there is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God.

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GEORGE W: I pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln.

JOE BIDEN: Never before in our history has America asked so much over such a sustained period of an all-volunteer force. So I can say without fear of contradiction, or being accused of exaggeration, the 9/11 generation ranks among the greatest our nation has ever produced, and it was born, it was born, it was born right here on 9/11.

RAZ: Voices from some of the commemorations today. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, and also Vice President Joe Biden.

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