11th Anniversary Of 9/11 Features Intimate Remembrances

5:43 AM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Just about everyone remembers where they were 11 years ago when the September 11th attacks began. Tuesday, our region and the country will take time out to honor those who died.

The President will take part in 9/11 remembrances in our area on Tuesday and there will be plenty of other events, but compared to past years, those remembrances will be scaled down.

At the National Cathedral this year will be a little different. This is really the first year that the National Cathedral hasn't held a big event to mark the anniversary of 9/11. Instead, they are opting for smaller, more intimate prayer services. The interim Dean says part of the church's mission is to help the country heal and move past the tragedy of 9/11. There will be prayer services at 8:45 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

You can also expect to see scaled back commemorative events at the Pentagon, New York City, and in Shaksville, Pennsylvania. Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking there Tuesday.

Monday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited the Flight 93 National Memorial, calling it the final resting place of American patriots.

Here's how you can remember 9/11 in Washington:

At 9:37 a.m., the moment the third plane flew into the Pentagon, there will be a moment of silence at Arlington National Ceremony and the cemetery will be open to the public. But the Pentagon Memorial will be closed to the public from 5 a.m.  to noon for a private ceremony for the survivors and the victim's families.

Also, check out the National Day of Service and Remembrance. It's happening from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freedom Plaza

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