WASHINGTON, (KUNA) — Attending a somber memorial ceremony at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center in New York on Sunday, President Barack Obama read a psalm about refuge and strength as part of events marking the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the United States.
Obama read Psalm 46 from the Bible after a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first jetliner slammed into the World Trade Center’s north tower a decade ago.
Earlier, Obama and former President George W. Bush bowed their heads and ran their hands over the bronze-etched names of the victims of the attack at a memorial waterfall and pool.
Obama and Bush were joined by their wives as they walked up to one of the two reflecting pools built over the towers’ footprints at the memorial, which was to open later in the day for relatives of the victims.
Other dignitaries at the event included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the governors of New York and New Jersey.
The Obamas flew on to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, afterward, where they were to take part in the second of three 9/11 memorial events on Sunday. A third event, which the Obamas also planned to attend, was to take place at the Pentagon, where a hijacked jet also crashed 10 years ago.