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SALT LAKE CITY -- Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. From New York, to London, to Sandy--and hundreds of other locations--people paused to remember the events of that day eight years ago, and those who died.
A rainy, windy and dark day in New York marked to eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. The events took place at ground zero, the site of the former World Trade Center towers. At a nearby park, relatives read the names of family members who died that day.
"While there is pain in remembering their loss, there is sweetness in remembering their lives," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
At the White House, the first family led a moment of silence. President Obama has designated Sept. 11 an annual day of service and remembrance.
U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan paused, as did others serving in Japan. Foreign leaders also participated in ceremonies in London and Moscow.
As part of the president's call for community service, Salt Lake Mayor Peter Corroon and others planted trees and announced the establishment of three tree banks. The goal is to plant 1 million trees in the years ahead.
In Sandy, there's a display of two acres of American flags; the seventh annual Healing Field was started the year following the attacks to pay tribute to the victims. Since then, more than 300 cities across the country have created their own healing fields, which celebrate all of America's heroes.Sandy's Healing Field held a memorial ceremony Friday with guest speakers--including former U.S. senator, astronaut and veteran Jake Garn, who reminded us of the thanks we owe to those who keep us free. "It's literally impossible for me to describe how fortunate we are to live in this country," Garn said, adding his thanks and appreciation for all who have made sacrifices.