NEW YORK (AP) — Today's commemorations of the 9/11 anniversary have generally been less elaborate than in past years, with mourners turning out in smaller numbers.
Some say that in the aftermath of last year's landmark 10th anniversary of the terror attacks, families are ready to "move on." Wanda Ortiz of New York, whose husband was killed at the World Trade Center, says her concern now is how to keep his memory alive. And a man who lost his sister-in-law at the trade center says, "I hope we never lose focus on what really happened here."
Thousands had attended the ceremony in New York in previous years, but today a crowd of fewer than 200 swelled to about 1,000 by late morning. A few hundred attended ceremonies at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa.
One New jersey community where 11 victims lived did not hold an organized memorial today for the first time in a decade.
Politicians took a back seat to grieving families this year. No elected officials spoke at the World Trade Center site during today's ceremony.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pulled their negative campaign ads and avoided rallies. Obama laid a wreath at the Pentagon and visited wounded soldiers in Maryland. Romney met with firefighters in Chicago.
227-a-10-(Elva Baxter, sister-in-law of 9/11 victim, in AP interview)-"also, it's huge"-Elva Baxter, who lost her brother-in-law Jasper on 9/11, says there's some comfort in the sharing of grief. (11 Sep 2012)
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228-a-12-(Dennis Baxter, brother of 9/11 victim, in AP interview)-"forgotten about him"-Dennis Baxter, who lost his brother Jasper on 9/11, says it's important for him to come to Ground Zero on the anniversary. (11 Sep 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: One World Trade Center bathed in red, white, and blue light to mark eleventh anniversary of September 11th terrorist attacks , New York City, graphic element on gray (11 Sep 2012)
APPHOTO NYNYD301: Carrie Bergonia remembers her fiancee, firefighter Joseph Ogren, who was killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Todd Maisel, Pool) (11 Sep 2012)
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APPHOTO NYR322: Ava Kathleen Schmoelzer, 7, of Stamford, Conn., places flowers for her aunt on the wall overlooking the South Tower reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool) (11 Sep 2012)
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