The Associated Press is reporting that President Barack Obama visited three sites of loss on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that happened the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Ben Feller reports that President Obama honored the dead of Sept. 11 with his quiet presence Sunday at the three most tangible reminders of both the incredible loss and dauntless resilience of a country rebuilding a decade later.
At New York's ground zero, Obama touched the names of the lost etched into bronze at a memorial pool created in the footprint of one of the downed World Trade Center towers.
In a field in rural Pennsylvania, he walked the marbled Wall of Names and placed a wreath memorializing the 40 people who crashed at Shanksville after fighting back against the hijackers and driving their plane into the ground.
At the Pentagon, too, the president placed a wreath at a memorial where each of 184 victims is remembered with a bench and small reflecting pool. A brass quartet played a soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace" as the president greeted visitors to the memorial.
At a ceremony at ground zero, Obama read Psalm 46, which he chose because it speaks of perseverance through challenges. "God is our refuge and strength," Obama intoned, "a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear."
President and Mrs. Obama showed up for the country in order to help heal the wounds caused by the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history. As usual, they conducted themselves with dignity and class, assuaging the fears of a country still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. The man whose administration brought down Osama bin Laden brought up the spirits of those there to remember lost loved ones.
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