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9/11 Anniversary: Around the country, Americans pause to remember

The nation commemorated the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with moments of silence and a determination to carry on. In New York, the families of those lost visited the 9/11 Memorial for the first time.

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Family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center visit the South Pool during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary in New York, Sunday September 11, 2011.

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The nation commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with moments of silence, reflection on the sacrifices of first responders, and a determination to carry on despite the loss of nearly 3,000 lives.

In New York, cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed a Bach concerto and Paul Simon sang "The Sound of Silence" while family members read the names of their lost loved ones. At the Pentagon, a giant American flag streamed down one wall as honor guards dipped their standards. And, in Shanksville, Pa. where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed when passangers wrestled control of the aircraft from the hijackers, a children’s choir sang and only family members were allowed on the spot where the plane had struck the ground.

But even in places far from the terrible events of that day 10 years ago, communities stopped to remember.

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In Ashland, Ore., pop. 22,000 and 3,000 miles from New York, the Ashland Fire & Rescue fire station held a ceremony featuring a 65-pound piece of steel from one of the girders from the destroyed towers.

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