Remembering 9/11

By: The Associated Press and ABC News
By: The Associated Press and ABC News

A fire official in Biloxi, Miss., says now his city can relate to the destruction of Sept. 11, 2001.

Rescue workers in Biloxi took a break from searching for hurricane victims Sunday to remember those who died in the attacks.

At a special Mass, parishioners applauded and thanked two retired New York City firefighters for their efforts on the Gulf Coast.

It was four years ago that terrorists flew hijacked airplanes into the
World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Sunday at those three locations, people gathered to remember those who died on that day.

Silence to counter the echoes of the planes crashing from the White House where the President and first lady bowed their heads,
to a field in Pennsylvania where passengers chose a nation over themselves, to some of New York's finest now in New Orleans, still protecting and serving others.

At Ground Zero, the names of the fallen echoed across the still empty site where the towers once stood in another effort to never forget.

But is the country slowly forgetting? Security analysts point to decreasing levels of vigilance at some airports, the return of curbside check-in and shorter lines for business travelers. Passengers are even allowed to bring pocket knives on-board.

A man who led New York out of the disaster, Rudolph Giuliani, warned about the danger of forgetting in his remarks Sunday.

The 9/11 Commission made its recommendations, but even today first
responders in New York still don't have a common radio frequency, should another disaster occur.

To this day not all of the human remains from the attack have been
identified.

While the nation focuses on a disaster mother nature wrought, Sunday was a chance to remember the damage humans can do, and how we begin rebuilding from the ashes.


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