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9/11 anniversary

2011 News of the Year | A new memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks

Issue: "2011 News of the Year," Dec. 31, 2011

Ten years after the deadliest foreign attack on U.S. soil, families and friends gathered to mark a decade of loss. Memorials for the 9/11 victims in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., commemorated the 2,977 men, women, and children killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. Ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York City marked the opening of the site's 9/11 Memorial: Reflecting pools sit where the World Trade Center towers once stood, and the pool's bronze ledges bear the engraved name of every person who died in the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Family members read aloud the names of the dead, including victims that some never met. Nicholas Gorski remembered: "My father, Sebastian Gorski, who I never met because I was in my mom's belly." He added: "I love you, father. I love you for loving the idea of having me. You gave me the gift of life and I wish you could be here to enjoy it with me."

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