The term 9/11 has come to represent two things: A tragic day in American history that saw nearly 3000 people perish and a talking point for politicians. This year, for the first time since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, politicians will not be allowed to speak during the anniversary services in New York City.
Debra Burlingame, whose brother piloted the hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon, said:
“It is the one day, out of 365 days a year, where, when we invoke the term ‘9/11,’ we mean the people who died and the events that happened.”
President Obama and Mitt Romney will also be placing politics in the backseat for 9/11. According to CBS, the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign will be keeping negative ads off the air today.
“On this most somber day, those who would attack us should know that we are united, one nation under God, in our determination to stop them and to stand tall for peace and freedom at home and across the world… Today we again extend our most profound gratitude to our brave troops who have gone into battle, some never to return, so that we may live in peace.”
Obama placed a wreath at the Pentagon earlier today before observing a moment of silence at exactly 9:37 am. Vice President Biden traveled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania today to honor the 40 passengers aboard United Flight 93.
Here’s a live video from one of the tributes in New York City. Families and friends of the thousands of people who died will be reading the names of everyone who perished on September 11th.