America's 9/11 remembrance altered by staggering pandemic loss

(CNN)The 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September, 11, 2001, was marked intimately on Friday as America again copes with enormous loss.

From New York City to Washington, DC, to Pennsylvania -- where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijackers took control of four commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville -- relatives of the dead and politicians wore masks and tried to stand six feet apart as they paid their respects.
Firefighters salute in front of Ladder 10 Engine 10 near the 9/11 memorial on Friday.