Americans are marking the sixth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. In New York family members lay flowers where the twin towers fell. In Pennsylvania the 44 people on united airlines flight 93 were remembered. Meanwhile in Washington DC a new memorial is underway. A stream of sadness created puddles of sorrow where the towers once stood. Six years after that day that defies understanding, the sky opened up as if to purge itself of shared grief for the 2,974 lives taken by terrorists September 11, 2001. The victims were honored by the president with a moment of silence from the White House. And at the pentagon where 184 lives were lost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered condolences. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace said, "We cannot touch our loved ones today, those who are lost here. Therefore we ask god to hug them for us." In Shanksville, Pennsylvania the bell tolled for those on board United flight 93. And in New York it was a personal pilgrimage for thousands -- born out of love, inspired by loss. They come to be close, to cry, to remember. An estimated 3,500 family members placed flowers where their loved ones laid down their lives. The defense secretary not only had a message for the enemy but a word of comfort for the families. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, "Those who died on September 11 were a more than sons and daughters, honored as such." Bagpipes wailed, expressing the unspoken emotion of many who stood in silence or the others who swallowed back tears to speak about their love.
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