Carrying flags and photographs of loved ones, family members honored the memories of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks a decade ago as the nation marked the solemn occasion with a set of ceremonies both patriotic and deeply personal.

At Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania, moments of silence were observed to commemorate when and where Al Qaeda inflicted a day of terror on America.

President Obama spent the day traveling to the three sites, visiting first the World Trade Center memorial and then the site in Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 crashed after its passengers wrested the controls from hijackers bent on attacking a third U.S. landmark. During the stop, the president spoke at length with family members of victims and helped place a wreath at the Wall of Names honoring the dead.

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