NYC Observes Moment of Silence

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2009 8:01 AM CDT
A woman holds a picture of a loved one at the World Trade Center.   (AP Photo/Chris Hondros, Pool)
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(Newser) – New Yorkers observed a moment of silence this morning to mark the minute the first jet hit the World Trade Center eight years ago. Three more were planned to mark the second strike and the moments each tower collapsed. Similar ceremonies will take place at the Pentagon and crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in a Shanksville, Pa., field.

Families carrying photos of lost loved ones streamed into a plaza near ground zero, wiping tears and raindrops from their faces under dreary skies. "It doesn't matter what kind of weather there is. I would be here either way. It's a way to come together and find a common place," said a New Jersey woman who carried a framed photo of Nereida Dejesus, her sister.