Loved ones remember victims at 9/11 ceremonies across country


The victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks are being remembered by loved ones Wednesday in memorial ceremonies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa., The Associated Press reports.

At the 9/11 memorial plaza in New York City, relatives will read the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacked planes crashed into the sites. Similar commemorations are planned for the Pentagon and Shanksville.

The AP says the 9/11 ceremony in New York City Wednesday will be the last before the Sept. 11 museum opens at ground zero in the spring.

In a separate report, The AP says the ceremony in Shanksville, which is located about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is the last on the site before construction begins on a 6,800-sqare foot visitor center.

Groundbreaking on the center took place Tuesday. The building -- which will be broken in two at the point of the plane's flight path overhead -- is expected to open in late 2015.

The first features of the Shanksville memorial were dedicated in September 2011.

A bell tolled and moment of silence took place at 8:46 a.m. ET to mark the time the first plane hit the towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

A second bell also tolled at 9:03 a.m. to mark the time the second plane hit the towers.

Several outlets are livestreaming Wednesday's memorial ceremonies in New York City.

Among the local commemorations, Minnesotans will honor the 12th anniversary of 9/11 with a memorial concert at the Lake Harriet band shell in Minneapolis, Fox 9 reports.

Like other ceremonies across the country, the Minneapolis tribute will honor victims of the attacks and recognize first responders, both at ground zero and in local communities.

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