The skies over Lower Manhattan lit up Thursday night with twin beams of blue light honoring the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11 attacks, thus bringing to a close a somber 13th anniversary of the tragedy marked by tributes, name-reading ceremonies and moments of silence.
Along with the 'Tribute in Light' art installation honoring the dead, the newly completed skyscraper known as One World Trade Center shone brightly, towering over the city's scintillating skyline.
On Thursday morning, as victims' relatives gathered at the World Trade Center site for the traditional name reading ceremony, in the nation's capital President Obama spoke solemnly outside the Pentagon, where 184 people lost their lives.
'It has now been 13 years,' Obama said. 'Thirteen years since the peace of an American morning was broken; thirteen years since nearly 3,000 beautiful people were taken from us; thirteen years of moments they would have shared with us; thirteen years of memories they would have made.'
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