“Something I have learned over the past ten years is that people come forward to help you in your time of need. Today we thank you the people of this great nation,” said the sister of Christopher Epps, who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
At the 9/11 Memorial remembering the nearly 3,000 lives lost, she added, “People really do catch you when you fall.”
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the al-Qaida terrorist attacks on the United States.
Family members, city officials, and government leaders gathered at ground zero Sunday morning in New York City for the remembrance ceremony and dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Paul Simon performed “The Sound of Silence” as people embraced each other in comfort, murmuring the words:
“People talking without speaking. People writing songs that voices never share. And no one dared disturb the sound of silence…”
For those watching, the pain of that tragic September morning was seen in the tears of family members in attendance.
The American Flag blew in the wind – a symbol of the country’s strength and a reminder that America will always rise from the ashes.
The last moment of silence was noted for the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center, which fell at 10:28 a.m.
Families continued to read the names of those killed in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. They remembered the lives that were silenced that tragic day, but were given a voice today as America remembers 9/11.
“September 11 changed my life. It was difficult growing up without you. I love and miss you so much. Daddy you will never be forgotten,” said one daughter in tribute to her father.
One mother wrote about her lost son, “To the world he may have been one person but to me he was the world.”
“If tears could bring you back to me, you’d be right by my side. For God could fill a river full with all the tears I’ve cried. If I could have one wish come true, I’d ask God in prayer to let me have just one more day to show how much I care,” one father dedicated this poem in remembrance of his daughter.