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Americans remember 9/11 in many different ways

Chorus members sing Mozart's "Requiem" in the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.  

(CNN) -- Cities across the nation on Wednesday joined in remembering the victims who were killed in the terrorist attacks a year ago.

Mayors, governors, firefighters, policemen, nurses, pastors, children and parents lit candles in prayer vigils, met in city halls and statehouses for memorial speeches, and rang church bells at the time of the attacks and collapse of the World Trade Center towers.

Muslims hosted interfaith services at mosques across the nation. In St. Louis, Missouri, Inman Waheed Rana expressed his appreciation for religious tolerance in the United States, at an outdoor gathering that attracted hundreds of people.

"Let not the atrocities divide us," Rana said "Our community is like a body. When one part of us is injured, the whole body hurts and feels the pain."

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In Boston, at Logan International Airport, where two of the hijacked planes originated, the usually busy runways were silent as airplanes remained still, marking a moment of silence when the first jetliner crashed into the World Trade Center.

Major League Baseball games honored the victims of the attacks. Players and fans observed a moment of silence at 9:11 p.m. local time during evening games.

Before the Dodgers played the Giants in San Francisco, there was no traditional first pitch from a dignitary. Instead, the son of a man who died in the attacks put the ball on the pitcher's mound.

In Tampa, Florida, residents lined up for miles along Bayshore Boulevard, a main thoroughfare along the water, waving U.S. flags to passing motorists in a 9/11 tribute.

They joined two hardy souls, known as the Bayshore women, who have regularly waved patriotic banners along the route since the attacks.

A number of cities brought in World Trade Center debris for their 9/11 observances. In San Clemente, California, surfers in a competition were to paddle into a circle and sprinkle Ground Zero dust in the Pacific Ocean.

At the state Capitol in Sacramento, 9/11 survivors and victims' families were to join Gov. Gray Davis, National Guard personnel and schoolchildren for the display of a steel part from the World Trade Center and the planting of rose bushes.

Eastlake, Ohio, will unveil a monument that includes hundreds of pounds of contorted metal from Ground Zero. In Columbus, Ohio, participants were to hold red, white and blue cards to make a big U.S. flag.

Residents of Tucson, Arizona, planned to wear lights in the evening to make an illuminated version of the numbers 911. In Phoenix, Arizona, they planned to join hands to make a human chain at the time when the attacks began.

Other events were to be as varied as the communities that stretch across the nation. For example, skydivers were to descend on Roswell, New Mexico. A riderless horse was to trot by the state Capitol in Helena, Montana.

And in Providence, Rhode Island, the families of area victims released peace doves as thousands of onlookers watched.




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