Citizens mourn, ceremonies mark the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 2:08pm

One year after their debut, hundreds of people gathered around the Reflecting Pools, which sit in place of the fallen World Trade Towers.

And while the country continues to mourn for the people lost in the 9-11 terrorist attacks, this year, much has changed.

This year, no politicians were invited to speak. Only relatives will read the names of the victims on this 11th anniversary.

The President stayed in Washington to participate in ceremonies at the White House and the Pentagon.

On Monday, families gathered near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, along with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. They remembered the victims who died, fighting to keep their plane from reaching the U.S. Capitol.

“They gave their lives for all they loved. They gave their lives for the families they loved and for the country they loved, and there is no greater sacrifice," stated Panetta.

Back in lower Manhattan, construction is resuming on the Memorial Museum that sat unfinished for nearly a year while the port authority, which owns the site, battled over financing with the Memorial Foundation.

A positive step forward on a project that for many, will make this tribute complete.

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