by: KIRO Staff and AP wires Updated:
Many people throughout the country are taking a moment to remember the 3,000 people who died in the worst terrorist attack in American history.
Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary when 19 terrorists carried out the worst attack against our country. New York's Twin Towers were targeted first that Tuesday morning. Both were hit by hijacked jetliners and collapsed. The Pentagon was also hit by a hijacked jet. A fourth hijacked plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field.
On Wednesday morning, there was a moment of silence held the moment when a United flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. During a ceremony, families read the names of the people who died.
Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, walked out of the White House at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center tower in New York a dozen years ago.
President Barack Obama marked the solemn occasion with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. They bowed their heads to observe a moment of silence, which was followed by a bugler playing taps.
The president will attend a Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon later Wednesday. He also plans to mark the anniversary by participating in a volunteer project.
Communities throughout Western Washington held ceremonies to honor the victims of 9/11.
A new memorial opened Wednesday at Bremerton’s Evergreen-Rotary Park. The committee has been working on the monument for about four years. Visitors will be able to touch two steel beams pulled from the remains of the World Trade Center.
In Tacoma, the fire department held a public remembrance at Marine Park.
A steel beam from the World Trade Center was on display at a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park in Snohomish County.