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Nation pauses on 10th anniversary of 9/11
Nation pauses on 10th anniversary of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - The family members of people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center are remembering their loved ones at the newly opened Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center site.

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The city is observing the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Sunday at the site. The centerpiece of the ceremony is the reading of the names of nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks.

The ceremony also serves as the memorial's official opening. The site opens to the public Monday. The memorial sits next to a construction project where office towers, a transportation hub and a cultural center are taking shape. The signature skyscraper, One World Trade Center, is rising quickly and will be the tallest in the country when completed.

Panetta cites military's post-9/11 contributions

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is highlighting the contributions of the military in helping avert a repeat of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

After a moment of silence at 9:37 am EDT - the exact time the Pentagon was hit by the hijacked jetliner a decade ago - Panetta paid tribute Sunday to those who have served in uniform in the decade since.

He said more than 6,200 members of the U.S. military have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Vice President Joe Biden also attended the remembrance ceremony, and President Barack Obama plans to lay a wreath at the Pentagon's 9/11 memorial later Sunday.

Obamas place wreath at United 93 memorial

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. -- President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have placed a wreath at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The Obamas arrived at the site near Shanksville, Pa., from New York where the president spoke at the memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Some 3,000 people have gathered at the Flight 93 memorial, which pays tribute to the 40 passengers and crew who fought to regain control of the plane from the four hijackers.

Investigators later determined that the hijackers intended to fly the plane into the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Instead, it slammed into a field in Shanksville, 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, visited the Wall of Names. Each of the 40 marble slabs is inscribed with the name of someone killed in the crash of United Flight 93.