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Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

BELOW IS VIDEO OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADDRESS AT GROUND ZERO ON 9/11/11:


The Obamas began their day in NYC at Ground Zero, where, following a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. -- the exact moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center 10 years ago -- President Obama read Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear,
even though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea.
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake
with its swelling,
there's a river
whose streams shall make glad
the City of God,
the holy place of the Tabernacle
of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her.
She shall not be moved.
God shall help her
just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged,
the kingdoms were moved.
[God] uttered [God's] voice.
The earth melted.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come behold the works of the Lord
who has made desolations in the Earth.
[God] makes wars cease
to the ends of the Earth.
[God] breaks the bough
and cuts the spear in two.
[God] burns the chariot in fire.
Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the Earths.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

President Obama ended his day at Sunday evening's "A Concert for Hope" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Here is a selection from his address at the concert:

The Bible tells us -- "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Ten years ago, America confronted one of our darkest nights. Mighty towers crumbled. Black smoke billowed up from the Pentagon. Airplane wreckage smoldered on a Pennsylvania field. Friends and neighbors, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters

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