NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – While the eyes of the world turned to the World Trade Center site and 9/11 National Memorial in Lower Manhattan for the ceremony marking 10 years since the attack on America, it was far from the only memorial taking place.
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In Shanksville, Pa., thousands of family and friends of the 40 passengers and crew killed aboard United Flight 93 gathered for the second straight day at the memorial marking the site of the crashed jet. President Barack Obama, who began the day with a reading at the memorial in Lower Manhattan, was expected to make an appearance at the Shanksville site as well.
In Washington, D.C. a ceremony was held at the Pentagon to remember those killed when one of the planes slammed into that building. Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were among those who attended.
“Indeed from this place of wrath and tears, America’s military ventured forth as the long arm and the clenched fist of an angry nation at war. And we have remained at war ever since, visiting upon our enemies the vengeance they were due.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen said.
Passengers at Logan Airport in Boston observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. to mark the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Two of the 9/11 flights took off from Logan.
In tiny Brown City, Mich. — with no direct connection to the attacks — firefighters plan to lay 343 roses on a 15,000-pound steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center, in honor of their New York City brethren who perished. It has already become a local shrine, Chief Jim Groat said.
Tributes and memorials extended beyond the United States. United States troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq took time to mark the day.
Pope Benedict XVI prayed for victims and called on followers to resist “temptation toward hatred” at a Mass in Ancona, Italy.
In Japan, flowers were laid before a case containing some of the steel recovered from the fallen towers. 23 Fuji Bank employees were among those killed in the towers.
At a small village in the Philippines, roses, balloons and prayers were offered to honor a victim whose widower fulfilled the his slain wife Marie Rose Abad’s lifelong dream of helping Filipino poor.
And in Sweden, a different kind of reminder: Police arrested four people suspected of plotting a terror attack.
In Pakistan, approximately 100 supporters of an Islamist political party staged protests against the U.S. in Islamabad and Multan. In Karachi, a protest was held against the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
The Taliban in Afghanistan put out a statement, denying involvement in the attacks. Shortly afterward, a Taliban suicide bomber exploded a truck near an outpost in eastern Afghanistan, killing two civilians and injuring 77 American troops. The injuries aren’t life-threatening.