Relatives gathered at a park near Ground Zero to remember the victims of the World Trade Center attacks today—the first anniversary without a clear blue sky, notes the New York Daily News. It was also the first time the memorial was moved away from the footprints of the towers. "Just so long as we continue to do something special every year," said one victim's aunt.
About 3,500 people gathered in New York this year, down from 4,700 last year. Memorials also took place in Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon. "We cannot touch our loved ones today, those that we lost," said Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Therefore, we ask God to hug them for us."