Obama pays tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks during a ceremony at the Pentagon and says ''together, there is nothing we Americans cannot overcome.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks at the Pentagon on Sunday (September 11) in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. "We run our fingers over the memorial benches here at the Pentagon, we walk the hallowed grounds of a Pennsylvania field, we look up at a gleaming tower that pierces the New York City skyline. But in the end the most enduring memorial to those we lost is ensuring the America we continue to be," said Obama. The president and first lady Michelle Obama observed a moment of silence at the White House before Obama arrived at the Pentagon. At the 9/11 Memorial plaza in lower Manhattan, the names of the 2,983 victims were read slowly by relatives as classical music played during a ceremony, with pauses for six moments of silence. Four of those mark the exact times four hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon near Washington D.C., and a Pennsylvania field. The last two record when the North and South towers of the Trade Center crumpled. The ceremony was held by two reflecting pools with waterfalls that now stand in the towers' former footprints, and watched over by an honor guard of police and firefighters. More than 340 firefighters and 60 police were killed on the that sunny Tuesday morning in 2001, in the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941. Many of the first responders died while running up stairs in the hope of reaching victims trapped on the towers' higher floors.