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9/11 Anniversary Amid Syria Concerns

NEW YORK -- Moments of silence will be held today in memory of the people who died in the terror attack on September 11, 2001. As the tributes take place, the President has alluded to threats that the united states continues to face.
NEW YORK -- Moments of silence will be held today in memory of the people who died in the terror attack on September 11, 2001.
As the tributes take place, the president has alluded to threats that the united states continues to face.

Overnight, two spotlights on the New York City skyline honor the nearly three-thousand people who died in the terror attacks 12 years ago.

"I will always remember walking through lower Manhattan on the day after those attacks," recalls former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "The air was acrid. The thick smoke made it hard to breathe or see."

A lot of work has happened in the years since.
Earthcam released this time-lapse video showing the construction at one world trade center between October 2004 and September of this year. The tower's completion is expected early next year.

In Pennsylvania, officials broke ground on a new visitor's center near the memorial for victims of United Airlines flight 93, which hijackers crashed near Shanksville -- apparently as passengers and crew members fought back.

Services today at both sites -- and at the Pentagon -- will pay tribute to the 2,977 people who died in those attacks.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama deals with what he calls another threat to national security -- Syria's use of chemical weapons...and a proposal to respond with U.S. military strikes...
"Many of you have asked, 'Won't this put us on a slippery slope to another war?' the president said in his address to the nation Tuesday night.  "One man wrote to me, 'We are still recovering from our war in Iraq.' A veteran put it more bluntly: 'This nation is sick and tired of war.'"

He says Assad's regime cannot seriously threaten the U.S. military. "Any other retaliation they might seek is in line with threats that we face every day."

(Andrew Spencer, CNN)

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