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Sep 11, 2009 12:05 PM by Associated Press

9/11 marked with mourning and a spirit of service

Americans are marking the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with familiar rituals and a new dedication to service.

On a rainy morning in New York, volunteers joined relatives of the victims at the World Trade Center site to read the names of those who died. Four moments of silence were observed, at the precise times the jetliners struck the north and south towers and the time each tower fell.

On the day he designated as a national day of service, President Barack Obama and the first lady marked a moment of silence outside the White House as a bugler played taps. The president later spoke at the Pentagon, saying the strongest rebuke against the terrorist attackers is the nation's renewal of a common purpose. In Shanksville, Pa., bells tolled for the 40 victims of the fourth hijacked jetliner that crashed there eight years ago.

George W. Bush, whose presidency was defined in part by that day, has no public appearances planned. In a statement, he paid tribute to the armed forces and law enforcement and said he and his wife, Laura, were thinking of the victims and their families.

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