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A Nation Pauses to Reflect on Attacks of 2001

Mourners around the country commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, with moments of silence, pauses in routine -- and with large events at New York City's Ground Zero; in Shanksville Penn., where Flight 93 crashed; and at the Pentagon.

At the New York ceremony, surviving husbands, wives and loved ones read aloud the names of 2,749 victims to a crowd that began assembling before dawn.

Four moments of silence marked the exact times when the two planes hit, and when the two towers collapsed.

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