U.S. President George Bush led a moment of silence
at the White House Thursday to mark the seventh anniversary of the September 11,
2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
The silence was observed at
the moment (8:46 a.m. EDT/1246 GMT) terrorists crashed the first of two
passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001. Another
hijacked jet crashed into the Pentagon near Washington that morning, while a
fourth jet crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 people were
killed in the attacks.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg led a moment of
silence in New York. After, he said on that day seven years ago lives were cut
short and the entire world was less for it.
Mr. Bush delivers remarks
later this morning at the unveiling of a memorial to honor the 184 people who
died at the Pentagon.
U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack
Obama have agreed to put aside partisan campaigning Thursday. McCain is to be in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania in the morning. Obama's campaign says the two
candidates are to make a joint appearance at Ground Zero in New York later in
Obama and McCain will speak late Thursday in New York City at a
nonpartisan "ServiceNation Summit" forum to address the events of September 11
and the importance of national service.
Earlier this week, a memorial
honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks was dedicated at Boston's Logan
International Airport. The airport was the departure point of two of the
Some information for this report was provided by AP