Twin Tower attack: US pays tribute to the fallen heroes

  • This June 23, 1999 file photo shows the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York skyline in this June 23, 1999 photo. Both buildings were destroyed on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 after two airliners were hijacked by terrorists and crashed into them. Families of the victims of the worst terror attack on the United States in history gathered Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, to mark their 12th anniversary with a moment of silence and the reading of names. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington killed almost 3,000 people and lead to a war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
  • This Sept. 11, 2001 file photo shows smoke rising from the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked planes crashed into the towers, in New York City. The U.S. government is aware of no credible or specific information that points to any terror plot tied to the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, according to a new confidential threat assessment from the FBI and Homeland Security Department obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
  • The twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks shine above the city's skyline Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in New York, on the 12th anniversary of the attacks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Erika Zaldivar takes pictures of flags at Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Students placed 2,977 American flags outside the Kirkhof Center to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/, Cory Morse)
  • Members of the San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums pass a mannequin dressed as a flight deck operator as they make their way to a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego. About fifteen New York firefighters, many of whom responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, were honored Wednesday in San Diego, as they took turns reading the names of fellow firefighters who lost their lives in the attacks. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
  • Twenty two planes take off from Travis Air Force Base as part of a training exercise and commemoration of the Sept. 11 attacks Wednesday Sept. 11, 2013, in Fairfield, Calif. (AP Photo/The Daily Republic, Robinson Kuntz)
  • People release blue balloons as a bronze statue is unveiled during the September 11th Memorial on Wednesday Sept. 11, 2013, at the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah. The statue depicts a kneeling fireman holding a rescued child. The memorial also paid homage to Utah’s 129 military men and women who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)
  • Visitors to the annual Husker Harvest agriculture fair in Grand Island, Neb., walk Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, past flags at half staff to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names and moments of silence that have become tradition.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
  • One World Trade Center, center, is reflected on the polished wall of the September 11 Memorial on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Alejandra Villa, Pool)
  • Drew Taylor pauses to remember a New York City Fire Department fire fighter at the South reflecting pool at the September 11 Memorial during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool)
  • Daniel Henry, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer, pauses during a moment of silence at 9:01 am, at the September 11 Memorial’s South reflecting pool during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool)
  • Chief Petty Officer Select Larry Ellington salutes for the reading detail during the national anthem at a 12th anniversary remembrance ceremony for those who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Mayport Naval Station, Fla. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

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