An NPR Special Report: Voices of Reflection

Hear the special programming that NPR broadcast live from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2002, including commemorations in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. Coverage is anchored by Neal Conan in Washington and Scott Simon in New York City.

audio iconThe 8:30 a.m. half-hour
Neal Conan begins the special coverage: "Today, we remember and reflect." Coverage includes reports from Steve Inskeep at the Pentagon and John Ydstie at Shanksville; a moment of silence at 8:46, the time that the first plane hit the World Trade Center; New York Gov. George Pataki reading from the Gettysburg Address; and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani beginning the reading of the names of the Trade Center dead, accompanied by music from Yo-Yo Ma and others.

audio iconThe 9:00 a.m. half-hour
Officials and relatives continue the reading of the names of those lost at the World Trade Center; tolling bells and a moment of silence at 9:03 mark the time the second plane hit the Trade Center. Coverage includes reports from Margot Adler and Chris Arnold in New York, and Tom Gjelten at the Pentagon; and perspective from Daniel Schorr in Washington.

audio iconThe 9:30 a.m. half-hour
The memorial ceremony at the Pentagon includes an invocation by the U.S. Army chief of chaplains; performances by the U.S. Army Band and soloists; a moment of silence at 9:37, marking the time the plane hit; and addresses by Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard Myers and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In Shanksville, observances begin with remarks from Sandy Dahl, wife of Jason Dahl, pilot of the plane that crashed there. In New York City, the reading continues of the names of the Trade Center dead.

audio iconThe 10:00 a.m. half-hour
Bells toll and names of the dead are read in Shanksville. At the Pentagon, President Bush speaks of those killed there: "Though they died in tragedy, they did not die in vain." In Shanksville, Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge addresses the memorial service. In New York City, names of the Trade Center dead continue to be read by relatives and officials, including Secretary of State Colin Powell. At 10:29 in New York City, bells ring and ferry horns blast to mark the moment of the collapse of the second, north Trade Center tower.

audio iconThe 10:30 a.m. half-hour
The special report live coverage concludes with reports from Tom Gjelten at the Pentagon and John Ydstie in Shanksville; an excerpt from Archbishop Desmond Tutu's speech at the National Cathedral in Washington; the reading of more names of the Trade Center dead; and final thoughts on the commemorations at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville.

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