Remembering the Victims
Seven years after Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa., America remembers the nearly 3,000 victims.President Bush will lead a moment of silence at the White House and afterward he will head to the Pentagon to dedicate a memorial that has 184 benches over small reflecting pools representing each life lost when American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the symbol of U.S. military might on that clear and sunny September morning.
The moment of silence at the White House on Thursday will occur at 8:46 a.m. – the exact time in 2001 that terrorists slammed the first of two jetliners into the World Trade Center. The Pentagon was struck about an hour later. Joining the president will be first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, members of Congress, Cabinet members, military officials and about 3,000 White House employees and guests.
The Pentagon ceremony will include a wreath laying, music and a reading of the names of the 184 who died on the plane and inside the building.
“The president thinks about 9/11 every single day when he wakes up and before he goes to bed,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday. “This is what he’s concerned about. He’s always been concerned about another attack on our country. Thankfully, we haven’t had one.”
Shortly before 9 a.m., families of 9/11 victims will descend into Ground Zero using the construction ramp on the south side of the 16-acre site before returning to street level.Barack Obama and John McCain, the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, respectively, will appear together at ground zero in New York on Thursday to honor the memory of those who died. The campaigns agreed to halt television advertising critical of each other for the day.
~Taken from The Lakarev Report.
Please pray for these families who are mourning and for all those helping to keep our country safe.