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The Nation remembers 9/11

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Carrie Bergonia of Pennsylvania looks over the name of her fiance, firefighter Joseph Ogren, at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Sept 11, 2013.

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New York firefighters stand behind a surfboard, below, displaying the names and photos of firefighters killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego. About fifteen New York firefighters, many of whom responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, were honored Wednesday in San Diego, as they took turns reading the names of fellow firefighters who lost their lives in the attacks.

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Liz Howell, left, hugs sculptor Angela Johnson as a bronze statue is unveiled during the September 11th Memorial on Wednesday Sept. 11, 2013 at the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah. Howell's husband Brady was killed on Sept. 11. The memorial also paid homage to UtahÝs 129 military men and women who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Geraldine Davie of Pelham, N.Y., cries after viewing name of her 23-year-old daughter, Amy O'Doherty, on the wall at the Sept. 11 memorial during the 12th anniversary observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. O'Doherty was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.

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Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, foreground left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, attend ceremonies at the 9/11 Memorial marking the 12th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

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Firefighter Rocco Celtruda of the Mystic Fire Department tolls the bell as members of area fire departments and police departments each read a list of names of the 343 FDNY firefighters and the 23 NYPD police officers who died on 9/11.

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Mija Quigley, of Princeton Junction, N.J., embraces the name of her son, Patrick Quigley, during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Patrick Quigley died aboard Flight 175 when it crashed into the South Tower on 9/11.

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Three police officers walk through the "Empty Sky" memorial to New Jersey's victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Jersey City, N.J. Ceremonies will be held Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of the attacks.

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Navy Quartermaster Matthew Konchan of Johnstown, Pa., stands in a field of flowers before a wreath-laying ceremony during a memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in Shanksville, Pa. Wednesday marked the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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A couple walks through the "Healing Field" at Tempe Beach Park, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The display has nearly 3,000 flags with the names of those who died in the 2001 attacks.

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Cub Scout Nicholas Rea salutes the flag with police and firefighters during a ceremony on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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The twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks shine above the city's skyline, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in New York, on the 12th anniversary of the attacks.

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Doug Mills/The New York Times |

Family members of victims who died in the Pentagon's terrorist attack react while President Barack Obama speaks at memorial ceremonies observing the 12th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2013. Memorial ceremonies across America on Wednesday offered not just an occasion to pay tribute to those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, but also a moment to take stock.

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, gather on the South Lawn at the White House to observe the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, in Washington, Sept. 11, 2013. Memorial ceremonies across America on Wednesday offered not just an occasion to pay tribute to those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, but also a moment to take stock.

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Firefighters salute at the Firemen's Memorial during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in New York, Sept. 11, 2013. Memorial ceremonies across America on Wednesday offered not just an occasion to remember those who died, but a moment to assess a decade of war.