On eve of 9/11 anniversary, a nation reflects
September 10th, 2011
03:29 PM ET
11 years ago

On eve of 9/11 anniversary, a nation reflects

New York (CNN) - Al Qaeda's deadly attack on America 10 years ago solemnly reverberated Saturday on the eve of the anniversary, as Americans remembered the trauma and police stood guard from coast to coast amid ongoing fears of terror attacks.

President Barack Obama and the first lady visited Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington to pay their condolences to families mourning the loss of family members who served in the military.


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  1. once upon a horse

    one thing that 9/11 did for our country was unite us all. There was no left versus right, Democrat versus Republican, all the foolishness we seem to have going on now. And our country worked together for a common cause. We were ALL Americans that day no matter what your background was. That day there was no pro-Bush or anti-Bush we ALL stood behind the president. Hopefully it will not take something such as that to unite our nation once again.

    September 10, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. diridi

    Obama, you are showing the best leadership.....god bless, Glad, we got rid of Bin Laden.....get that second guy too....good luck, buddy....god bless you, and the nation, the USA!!!!
    Pres. Clinton, we truly love you......

    September 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. duckbutter

    i am glad the first lady is now proud of our country....

    September 10, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    Did you see in the Drudge Report how Obama flubbed up in his "jobs for the corrupt unions" speech on Thurday night and none of the liberal media is reporting it? Now if it had been George Bush, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin or really any Republican it would have been the top story on the CNN Politica Ticker for a week and good for another weeks worth oon MSNBC as the lead story. Liberal media is corrupt and hypcritical as this president who strives so hard to create class warfare

    September 10, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I agree with Mayor Bloomberg's decision to keep the clergy out of the 9/11 Memorial dedication. Some families have also grown tired of how the media has turned 9/11 into an annual funeral service. Some families do not observe the faiths that some clergy members represent, and feel it is a sin against their faiths to be part of another religion's service. The US Constitution makes it clear that the government should not favor any religion. Bloomberg is correct.

    I hope the media takes this 10th anniversary to turn the page in the future let families *remember* their lost ones in peace and privacy, instead of *mourning* them in front of TV cameras with all day long coverage. I pray that this dedication brings closure to those who lost loved ones on that tragic day. I pray that those who cannot find closure, can somehow find a future peace.

    I lost a number of friends myself.

    September 10, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Dee

    I agree with the both of you it is wonderful to see a day of unity and bringing this country together without all the bickering and name calling.

    We must also remember the President got rid of the worst person in the world who caused so much sorrow to families, and for this we appreciate is leadership.

    My prayers go out to all the families and our first responders, and service men.

    September 10, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Please pray for the families that lost so many loved ones. I pray that this nation comes together again. I have much love for our first family. Thank you for your leadership. We will stand with you and the rest of the nation tomorrow and forever.


    September 10, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. jane

    What unites us is greater than that which divides us

    September 10, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. Jman

    God Bless everyone.

    September 11, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  10. FM

    The world was never threatened like 9/11. Bad memories still circulate in our heads. Thanks Mr. Pres. for weeding out the fugitive bin Laden.

    September 11, 2011 05:15 am at 5:15 am |