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Two people watch the light towers in New York City. People look at the light towers that shine where the World Trade Center once stood. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters)

Remembering 9/11

Communities across the U.S. plan gatherings and memorial services for anniversary of 9/11 attacks

By Zach Jones | null null , null

This Saturday is the ninth anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. The day of the attacks is now commonly called "9/11." Many ceremonies and memorial services are being held across the nation to remember those who died that day.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists flew planes into New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and crashed a fourth plane in Pennsylvania. In all, almost 3,000 Americans were killed.

REBUILDING AND REMEMBERING

Many towns and families will gather on Saturday to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. Roselle Park, New Jersey, will unveil a new bell tower built in honor of a young police sergeant who died on the job in New York City while responding to the attacks. Towns like San Marcos, Texas, and Fremont, Ohio, will hold a moment of silence.

In Nashville, Tennessee, firefighters will climb stairs at one of the city's tallest skyscrapers. Their climb honors the firefighters, police officers, and other emergency workers who died while saving lives after the attacks.

President Obama will speak at a memorial service at the Pentagon. Vice President Biden will visit New York for the annual ceremonies near the World Trade Center site now known as "Ground Zero."

The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, once the tallest buildings in the world, were destroyed by the attacks. Every September 11th since 2003, 88 searchlights are put side-by-side where the World Trade Center once stood to light the sky in the shape of two towers.

On Wednesday, one of the 90-foot support beams that held up the Twin Towers was held in midair over Ground Zero as a tribute. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that before next year's anniversary, two waterfalls will be built where the towers once stood.

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