Memorials Mark 8th Anniversary Of 9/11/01 Tragedy

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Vice President Joe Biden and past and present local leaders joined relatives and friends of the 2,752 people who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center to honor their memories in a ceremony at Ground Zero this morning.

The names of every known attack victim will be called out by 115 pairs of readers. They will be made up of one surviving family member and someone who has given time to help others as youth mentors, community workers and through other acts.

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New York Governor David Paterson, and his predecessor George Pataki; New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and Rudolph Giuliani, the city’s mayor on the day of the attack, also participated in the ceremony.

Many local communities also scheduled their own remembrance ceremonies today.

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Family members of victims gather around to put flowers into the reflection pool during memorial services for the victims of 9-11 at Ground Zero in New York, N.Y. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)

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Governor Jon Corzine, Vice President Joseph Biden, Governor David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg attend memorial services for the victims of 9-11 at Ground Zero in New York, N.Y. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)

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Vice President Joseph Biden, wife Dr. Jill Biden and Mayor Michael Bloomberg greet family members of 9-11 victims during memorial services for the victims of 9-11 at Ground Zero in New York, N.Y. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)

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Vice President Joseph Biden, wife Dr. Jill Biden and Mayor Michael Bloomberg throw flowers into the reflecting pool during memorial services for the victims of 9-11 at Ground Zero in New York, N.Y. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)

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Family members of 9-11 victims attend memorial services for the victims of 9-11 at Ground Zero in New York, N.Y. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)

9-11 Ground Zero

Family members of 9-11 victims attend memorial services for the victims of 9-11 at Ground Zero in New York, N.Y. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)


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