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الاثنين، 12 سبتمبر، 2011

Remembering 9/11: The Tenth Anniversary

It is my JFK moment. I know exactly where I was when I first heard the news that a (small) plane had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. That small plane quickly turned into a passenger jet. Quickly followed by another one. The world stopped turning and looked on in amazement. This was no longer a tragic accident, but a well thought out attack on the United States. When reports came in that a thrid plane had crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth plane had crashed into fields in Pennsylvania it became clear this attack had taken months if not years of planning. The question was by whom. The answer to this question depended on who was speaking at the time. Iraq, Afghanistan, the Taliban, the PLO, Libya, all rolled over tongues of people who we thought had the knowledge. We now know that it was Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeada terrorist group.
The 9/11 attacks were directly responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths and indirectly for hundreds of thousands more through two wars against terrorism (Iraq and Afghanistan) and through different illnesses such as cancer and depression which hit rescue workers and people who helped with the clean up at Ground Zero.
The 9/11 attacks changed the world we live in, a change we still feel today when we board a plane, attend a large sporting or musical event and even when we open a newspaper or turn on the TV news. May it never happen again.

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Remembering 9/11

Rescue crews congregate near a U.S. flag amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York in this September 13, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Files

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A combination photo shows United Airlines Flight 175 impacting the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Sean Adair/Files

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The twin towers of the World Trade Center pour smoke in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brad Rickerby/Files

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The north tower of the the World Trade Center collapses in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine/Files

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Emergency personnel tend to injured people in Liberty Park, New Jersey across from the World Trade Center in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Files

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A group of firefighters walk amid the rubble near the base of the destroyed south tower of the World Trade Center in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Peter Morgan/Files

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A dust-covered bronze statue of a man with his briefcase rests in the rubble and ash of the World Trade Center collapse in New York in this September 13, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Files

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A firefighter returns from battling building blazes near Vessey and Greenwich Streets after the World Trade Center collapse in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Files

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Firefighters pour water on building 7 of the World Trade Center after it collapsed in New York in this September 12, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files

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Emergency crews conduct a search and rescue exercise amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York in this September 14, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson/Handout/Files

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Emergency crews conduct a search and rescue exercise amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York in this September 14, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson/Handout/Files

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Pentagon surveillance camera footage shows the moment of impact caused by American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the building in this September 11, 2001 file image. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Pentagon/Handout/Files

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Wreckage from American Airlines Flight 77 sits on the west lawn of the Pentagon minutes after the airliner crashed into southwest corner of the building in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated September 11, 2001. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Journalist 1st Class Mark D. Faram/Handout/Files

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One side of the Pentagon building is exposed after a hijacked airliner crashed into the building in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/Files

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A firefighter makes his way towards the fire on the second day after the attack on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated September 12, 2001. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Michael W. Pendergrass/Handout/Files

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Rescue workers atop the Pentagon unfurl a U.S. flag outside Washington in this September 12, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME DISASTER ANNIVERSARY MILITARY)

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U.S. Department of Defense handout photo dated September 14, 2001 shows an aerial view of the destruction caused when an airliner slammed into the Pentagon on September, 11, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/DoD/Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill/Handout/Files

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The damaged area of the Pentagon is seen at sunrise with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background in this September 16, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

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A group of investigators comb the debris field for the fight data recorders from United Airlines flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania in this September 12, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer/Files

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U.S. President George W. Bush talks with Chief of Staff Andrew Card aboard Air Force One during a flight to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Files

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A still image taken from a surveillance camera shows two men identified by authorities as suspected hijackers Mohammed Atta (R) and Abdulaziz Alomari (C) passing through airport security at Portland International Jetport in Maine on September 11, 2001. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Portland Police Department/Handout/Files

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IKONOS satellite image courtesy of GeoEye shows the damaged Pentagon military headquarters at 11:46 a.m. EDT on September 12, 2001. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/GeoEye Satellite Imagery/Handout/Files

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Handout image courtesy of GeoEye shows a one-meter resolution, IKONOS satellite view of the World Trade Center site in New York collected on August 26, 2011. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. Image taken August 26, 2011. REUTERS/GeoEye Satellite Imagery/Handout

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An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, in this file photo from September 11, 2001, taken after the collapse of the towers. This year's anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington will echo the first one, with silence for the moments the planes struck and when the buildings fell, and the reading of 2,792 victims' names. REUTERS/Peter Morgan-Files

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Smoke from the remains of New York's World Trade Center shrouds lower Manhattan as a lone seagull flies overhead in a photograph taken across New York Harbor from Jersey City, New Jersey, in this September 12, 2001 file picture. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed May 1, 2011, in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, President Barack Obama said on May 1, 2011. Justice has been done, Obama said in a dramatic, late-night White House speech announcing the death of the elusive mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine/Files

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The second tower of the World Trade Center bursts into flames after being hit by a hijacked airplane in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photograph. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan on May 1, 2011, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Brooklyn bridge is seen in the foreground. REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek/Files

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New York Firefighter John Cleary wipes the soot from his face while taking a break from rescue work at the World Trade Center in New York
on September 12, 2001. Clearly helped in the rescue of two trapped Port Authority workers, pulling the first from the rubble at one this morning and helping the second to safety at about four hours later.
Commerical planes crashed into each of the twin towers towers September 11 causing them to collapse. REUTERS/Brad Rickerby

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Firefighters walk up Church Street and away from the remains of the World Trade Center towers in New York, early September 12, 2001. Both
towers were destroyed after being struck by planes September 11. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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The World Trade Center south tower (L) burst into flames after being struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 as the north tower burns
following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City in this photo taken September 11, 2001.REUTERS/Sean Adair

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New York Fire fighters continue to battle blazes at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center disaster site, September 19, 2001. REUTERS/Andrea Booher - Federal Emergency Management

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Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 (L) flies toward the World Trade Center shortly before slamming into the south tower as the north tower burns following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York, September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Sean Adair

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The remaining tower of New York's World Trade Center, Tower 2, dissolves in a cloud of dust and debris about a half hour after the first twin tower collapsed September 11, 2001. Each of the towers were hit by hijacked airliners in one of numerous acts of terrorism directed at the United States September 11, 2001. The pictures were made from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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A group of firefighters walk near the remains of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. Two hijacked U.S. commercial planes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center early on Tuesday, causing both 110-story landmarks to collapse in thunderous clouds of fire and smoke.

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The World Trade Center south tower (L) is engulfed in smoke after being struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175, as the north tower burns following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City September 11, 2001. The stunning aerial assaults on the huge commercial complex where more than 40,000 people worked on an ordinary day were part of a coordinated attack aimed at the nation's financial heart. They destroyed one of America's most dramatic symbols of power and financial strength and left New York reeling.

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People watch as the second of two World Trade Center towers collapse after planes crashed into the buildings in New York on September 11, 2001. Three hijacked planes crashed into U.S. landmarks on Tuesday, destroying both of New York's mighty twin towers and also plunging into the Pentagon in Washington into flames in an unprecedented assault on key symbols of U.S. military and financial power.

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A New York City fireman calls for more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center September 15, 2001. [U.S. President George W. Bush said September 17, 2001 he wanted Osama bin Laden dead or alive for last week's attacks that left more than 5,000 people dead or missing while a jittery Wall Street reopened with the Dow Jones average suffering its largest point loss ever. Picture released September 17. REUTERS/HO/U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres)

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A sign flashes that all flights are cancelled at Los Angeles International Airport in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen/Files

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A fire truck sits smashed near the World Trade Center following the attacks that caused the complex's collapse in New York in this September 11, 2001 file photo. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks where nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

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Handout images courtesy of GeoEye show high resolution views of the Pentagon collected on April 6, 2000 (L), September 12, 2001 (C) and April 4, 2011 by the IKONOS and GeoEye-1 satellites. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/GeoEye Satellite Imagery/Handout

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Handout image courtesy of GeoEye shows a one-meter resolution view of lower Manhattan in New York collected at 11:43 a.m. EDT on September, 12, 2001 by the IKONOS satellite. September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when four hijacked airliners were used in coordinated strikes on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. REUTERS/GeoEye Satellite Imagery/Handout

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A Fire Helmet belonging to Chief Joseph Pfeifer is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Joseph Pfiefer, the battalion chief of Engine 7, Ladder 1, was on a routine call in downtown Manhattan when he heard the roar of American Airlines Flight 11 passing overhead on course for the North Tower of the World Trade Center. His unit was one of the first to arrive at the scene, and he set up a command center in the North Tower's lobby. That day, he was being followed by two French filmmaker brothers, Jules and Gedeon Naudet, and their footage from the scene shows Pfiefer's brother Kevin, also a firefighter in a different unit, preparing to head upstairs for the unfolding rescue mission. When the South Tower collapsed, Pfiefer radioed evacuation orders to his officers in the North Tower. Pfiefer, along with the rest of Ladder 1, survived that day. His brother did not. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A Fire Helmet belonging to Chief Joseph Pfeifer is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Joseph Pfiefer, the battalion chief of Engine 7, Ladder 1, was on a routine call in downtown Manhattan when he heard the roar of American Airlines Flight 11 passing overhead on course for the North Tower of the World Trade Center. His unit was one of the first to arrive at the scene, and he set up a command center in the North Tower's lobby. That day, he was being followed by two French filmmaker brothers, Jules and Gedeon Naudet, and their footage from the scene shows Pfiefer's brother Kevin, also a firefighter in a different unit, preparing to head upstairs for the unfolding rescue mission. When the South Tower collapsed, Pfiefer radioed evacuation orders to his officers in the North Tower. Pfiefer, along with the rest of Ladder 1, survived that day. His brother did not. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Shoes worn by Florence Jones on September 11, 2001 as she escaped from the World Trade Center, are seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Florence Jones was still in her office at Baseline Financial on the South Tower's 77th floor when the second plane crashed into the building just one floor above. She and several colleagues tried two stairwells before finding their way to stairwell A, the only one not damaged by the crash. She took of her high-heeled shoes to hasten her descent -- her boss carried them down for her. They were among the last to make it out of the tower before it collapsed. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Shoes worn by survivor Roger Hawke during his evacuation from the 59th floor of the North Tower are seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Roger Hawke worked at Sidley Austin, a law firm which had offices on the 57th through 59th floors of the North Tower. This was not the first attack on the World Trade Center he had lived through: he was there, too, in 1993 when bombs exploded at the complex. Soon after the first plane crashed somewhere above him on 9/11, he made his way to one of the increasingly crowded and hot stairways. It took about 90 minutes to descend to safety. He headed on foot to the apartment of his daughter and son-in-law on the Upper East Side, arriving there caked in ash, leaving his dust-choked shoes at the door before entering. His four-year-old granddaughter jumped into his arms but then recoiled at the smell of smoke permeating his clothes: Papi is on fire from the inside, she said. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Blood-stained shoes worn by Linda Lopez as she evacuated from the 97th Floor of Tower 2 on September 11, 2001 are seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Linda Lopez was at work at the Fiduciary Trust Company on the South Tower's 97th floor when the first plane crashed into North Tower, sending a fireball past their window and radiating a heat that she said felt like being sunburned. There was quickly a sense of confusion: Was it a bomb? Were the rumors that it was a plane crash true? Should people in the South Tower ignore the advice coming over the public address system to stay put and evacuate instead? Lopez felt she had to get out. She had reached only as far as the 61st when she was thrown against a wall as the second plane crashed into the floors above her. Taking off her shoes, she continued to head down the stairs, passing firefighters heading in the opposite direction. She ran barefoot out of the building, across broken glass and other debris. Lady, your feet are bleeding, someone said to her as she paused a few blocks away in relative safety. She put her shoes back on, and began learning the details of what it was she had just escaped from. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Blood-stained shoes worn by Linda Lopez as she evacuated from the 97th Floor of Tower 2 on September 11, 2001 are seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Linda Lopez was at work at the Fiduciary Trust Company on the South Tower's 97th floor when the first plane crashed into North Tower, sending a fireball past their window and radiating a heat that she said felt like being sunburned. There was quickly a sense of confusion: Was it a bomb? Were the rumors that it was a plane crash true? Should people in the South Tower ignore the advice coming over the public address system to stay put and evacuate instead? Lopez felt she had to get out. She had reached only as far as the 61st when she was thrown against a wall as the second plane crashed into the floors above her. Taking off her shoes, she continued to head down the stairs, passing firefighters heading in the opposite direction. She ran barefoot out of the building, across broken glass and other debris. Lady, your feet are bleeding, someone said to her as she paused a few blocks away in relative safety. She put her shoes back on, and began learning the details of what it was she had just escaped from. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A recovered FDNY Squad 252 helmet belonging to deceased FDNY member Kevin M. Prior is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Kevin Prior, a firefighter with Brooklyn's Squad 252, can be seen in video footage of the North Tower lobby recorded after the first plane hit getting ready to go upstairs. Responding to a mayday call sent out by fellow firefighters encountering breathing problems, he and five other members of the squad are thought to have been on a floor in the 20s when the tower collapsed. Prior's body was found three weeks after the attacks and buried on Long Island, but his mother was troubled that his helmet had not been returned to the family, and said as much in a television interview. An employee at the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner happened to catch the broadcast, recognized Prior's squad and badge numbers, and hand-delivered the badly damaged helmet to his grateful family. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A recovered FDNY Squad 252 helmet belonging to deceased FDNY member Kevin M. Prior is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Kevin Prior, a firefighter with Brooklyn's Squad 252, can be seen in video footage of the North Tower lobby recorded after the first plane hit getting ready to go upstairs. Responding to a mayday call sent out by fellow firefighters encountering breathing problems, he and five other members of the squad are thought to have been on a floor in the 20s when the tower collapsed. Prior's body was found three weeks after the attacks and buried on Long Island, but his mother was troubled that his helmet had not been returned to the family, and said as much in a television interview. An employee at the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner happened to catch the broadcast, recognized Prior's squad and badge numbers, and hand-delivered the badly damaged helmet to his grateful family. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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An NYPD Emergency Service Unit hardhat and folding shovel used on September 11, 2001 and during the clean-up period at ground zero by Police Officer Kenny Winkler of NYPD ESU 1, is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Kenneth Winkler was coming off-duty from a night shift as an officer with the New York Police Department's Emergency Service Unit on the morning of the attacks. He nonetheless joined his colleagues on their vehicle and they raced towards the World Trade Center, and stayed in the vehicle outside to coordinate communications between different parts of the force. After the South Tower collapsed, he ordered everyone still inside the North Tower to leave. He had to abandon the vehicle after the North Tower collapsed, and set up a new command center nearby and continued to try and coordinate communications. Later, he would work on the pile during the rescue operation, wearing his NYPD hardhat and carrying his hand shovel, and returned periodically to the site during the following nine-month clean-up operation. he museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A red wallet belonging to victim Gennie Gambale, recovered from the rooftop of the Marriott Hotel at the World Trade Center is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Gennie Gambale was a vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald and working on the 103rd floor of the North Tower when the first plane crashed into the lower floors, trapping those above. Her family put up thousands of posters around town in the hopes that she might be found alive, but it was in vain; she was 27 when she was killed. A police officer, who happened to be the mother of one of Gambale's friends, found Gambale's wallet on the roof of the nearby Marriott hotel and immediately recognized the name on the damaged cards inside, and ensured it was quickly handed over to the family. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A corporate credit card belonging to victim Gennie Gambale, recovered from the rooftop of the Marriott Hotel at the World Trade Center is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Gennie Gambale was a vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald and working on the 103rd floor of the North Tower when the first plane crashed into the lower floors, trapping those above. Her family put up thousands of posters around town in the hopes that she might be found alive, but it was in vain; she was 27 when she was killed. A police officer, who happened to be the mother of one of Gambale's friends, found Gambale's wallet on the roof of the nearby Marriott hotel and immediately recognized the name on the damaged cards inside, and ensured it was quickly handed over to the family. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Work shoes worn at Ground Zero by self-deployed volunteer emergency services technician, Brian Van Flandern are seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Brian Van Flandern awoke in Queens on the morning of 9/11 to the news of a plane hitting the North Tower, and was determined to volunteer despite his emergency medical technician license having recently expired. After repeated failed attempts to enroll at several impromptu volunteer coordination that had sprung up around the city that day, he decided to head to the World Trade Center site and managed to get past a checkpoint to join other volunteers on what became known as the pile. He spent 24 hours helping search for trapped and wounded survivors. Morale quickly flagged: he recalls only one successful rescue, in which a man was freed from a piece of steel piercing his ankle. Before leaving the site, he found a rag-doll in the rubble. At first, it seemed to be evidence of a child caught up in the attacks. He later learned it was one of several mascot dolls that sat together on the shelf in the offices of the Chances for Children charity on the 101st floor of the North Tower, other examples of which were found scattered far and wide across Lower Manhattan. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Ironworker construction helmet belonging to Larry Keating is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Larry Keating was an ironworker foreman who helped oversee the removal of wreckage from the World Trade Center site during the nine-month clean-up operation following the attack, and was chosen by the ironworkers union, Local 40, to represent his colleagues at the ceremonial removing of what became known as Last Column - an upright piece of of the towers that had become covered in mementos from the clean-up workers and from which flew an American flag. He wore his hardhat throughout the clean-up, and continued to wear it proudly for site visits until his death in 2011 from a heart attack. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A Port Authority Police Department uniform hat, badge number 899, (R) and Port Authority Pipe Band hat belonging to victim Liam Callahan is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Liam Callahan was a Port Authority police officer who had been commended for his heroic actions after responding to the 1993 World Trade Center bomb attack, and was a first responder on the morning of 9/11. Even after the towers collapsed, Joan, his wife, continued to hope he might somehow turn up in time for the celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary the next day. He was killed at the age of 44. His family donated his Port Authority police uniform hat and the uniform he would wear as a drum sergeant in the force's Emerald Society Pipes and Drums band. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A Port Authority Police Department uniform hat, badge number 899, and Port Authority Pipe Band hat belonging to victim Liam Callahan is seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. Liam Callahan was a Port Authority police officer who had been commended for his heroic actions after responding to the 1993 World Trade Center bomb attack, and was a first responder on the morning of 9/11. Even after the towers collapsed, Joan, his wife, continued to hope he might somehow turn up in time for the celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary the next day. He was killed at the age of 44. His family donated his Port Authority police uniform hat and the uniform he would wear as a drum sergeant in the force's Emerald Society Pipes and Drums band. The museum, which occupies seven stories below the ground of the World Trade Center site--is still being built at the site of the fallen towers. It is due only to open in 2012, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Picture taken August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Journalists walk past a model of the planned development for the World Trade Center site during an event to update the public on the pace of development at the site in New York September 7, 2011. The U.S. will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this weekend. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Journalists look down at the September 11 Memorial before an event to update the public on the pace of development at the World Trade Center site in New York September 7, 2011. The U.S. will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this weekend. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A New York Police Department helicopter flies over Manhattan while on patrol above New York August 31, 2011. The police use helicopters both in response to situations on the ground as well as to detect radiation changes in the city from the air. The NYPD has worked since 9/11 on a long-term project to permanently increase vigilance in Lower Manhattan and Midtown, home to prominent financial institutions and national landmarks. Picture taken August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush pause during a moment of silence during the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, at the Fort Pitt Firehouse in New York September 11, 2006. Alongside President Bush is the remains of ladder 18, a fire truck that was destroyed in the attacks. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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People stand outside the World Trade Center site in New York, September 11, 2006. New York is observing the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the twin towers. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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New York Port Authority Police officers salute outside the Our Lady of Assumption Church in the Bronx section of New York City, in this file
photo from September 19, 2001, during the funeral for officer Dominick Pezzulo, who was killed when the The World Trade Center towers were destroyed. This year's anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New
York and Washington will echo the first one, with silence for the moments the planes struck and when the buildings fell, and the reading of 2,792 victims' names. REUTERS/Mike Segar-Files

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A reflection can be seen on a glass barrier in the Top Of The Rock observation deck in front of the Tribute in Light memorial shining behind the Empire State Building marking the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Twisted steel recovered from the World Trade Center sits inside Hangar 17 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport June 16, 2011. A program operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The World Trade Center steel program, is selecting portions of the steel recovered from the Center and donating it to cities, towns, firehouses and museums around the U.S. and the world who request it for use in 911 memorial sites in time for the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Picture taken June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A sign recovered from the World Trader Center disaster site sits inside Hangar 17 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport June 16, 2011. A program operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The World Trade Center steel program, is selecting portions of the steel recovered from the Center and donating it to cities, towns, firehouses and museums around the U.S. and the world who request it for use in 911 memorial sites in time for the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Picture taken June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Clothes recovered from the World Trade Center site sit inside Hangar 17 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport June 16, 2011. A program operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The World Trade Center steel program, is selecting portions of the steel recovered from the Center and donating it to cities, towns, firehouses and museums around the U.S. and the world who request it for use in 911 memorial sites in time for the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Picture taken June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A New York City Fire Department engine recovered from the World Trade Center disaster site sits inside Hangar 17 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport June 16, 2011. A program operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The World Trade Center steel program, is selecting portions of the steel recovered from the World Trade Center and donating it to cities, towns, firehouses and museums around the U.S. and the world who request it for use in 911 memorial sites in time for the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Picture taken June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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An American flag lies over a section of steel on a truck destined for Wauseon Ohio at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport June 16, 2011. A program operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The World Trade Center steel program, is selecting portions of the steel recovered from the Center disaster and donating it to cities, towns, firehouses and museums around the U.S. and the world who request it for use in 911 memorial sites in time for the 10 year anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Picture taken 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Ladder Company 3 fire truck, which was partially destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, is lowered into an opening in the World Trade Center site below ground level, where it will become part of the permanent installation exhibit in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York July 20, 2011. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site will open on the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Ladder Company 3 fire truck, which was partially destroyed in the September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, is raised by a crane before being lowered into an opening in the World Trade Center site belwo ground level where it will become part of the permanent installation exhibit in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York July 20, 2011. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site will open on the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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The World Trade Center Cross, made of intersecting steel beams found in the rubble of buildings destroyed in the September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, waits to be blessed by Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan Priest, before it is transported then lifted by a crane and lowered into an opening in the World Trade Center site below ground level where it will become part of the permanent installation exhibit in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, in New York, July 23, 2011. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site will open on the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Chip East

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A placard is seen at the base of The World Trade Center Cross, made of intersecting steel beams found in the rubble of buildings destroyed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, July 23, 2011. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site will open on the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on September 11. REUTERS/Chip East

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A mural is seen through a rain-drop filled window honoring victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center outside the FDNY Engine Company 320 and Ladder Companay 167 firehouse in the Queens borough of New York July 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A welder works below ground level as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York, July 28, 2011. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A general view shows the south pool waterfall and the under construction One World Trade Center tower (rear) as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York July 28, 2011. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A general view shows the south pool waterfall as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York July 28, 2011. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Chicago White Sox Alejandro DeAza walks off the field past a beam from the World Trade Center wreckage prior to a MLB American League baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago August 1, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

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A mural honoring victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center is seen at Engine 314 H&L in the Queens borough of New York August 1, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A mural honoring victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in the Bronx borough of New York August 1, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A mural honoring victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in the Queens borough of New York July 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A mural honoring victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in the Queens borough of New York August 2, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A woman touches a twisted piece of steel, from the attacks on the World Trade Center, at a memorial site across the Hudson River from the under-construction One World Trade Center (C) in Jersey City, New Jersey August 20, 2011. New York will mark the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center with ceremonies on September 11. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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A museum employee poses for a photograph with a Union Flag recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York following the 2001 attacks, at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, northern England August 31, 2011.The flag will form part of an exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and will start on September 10, running for two years. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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A museum employee poses for a photograph with a seven metre piece of steel recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York following the 2001 attacks, at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, northern England August 31, 2011.The flag will form part of an exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and will start on September 10, running for two years. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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A detail of a seven metre piece of steel recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York following the 2001 attacks, is seen at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, northern England August 31, 2011.The flag will form part of an exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and will start on September 10, running for two years. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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Onlookers stand inside of the Tribute in Lights in Manhattan on the eighth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York September 11, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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New York Fire Department Battalion Commander Tom Currao raises a flag outside the World Trade Center construction site at the 9/11 Memorial Visitors Center in New York September 9, 2011. The flag, which flew overseas during Operation Enduring Freedom, was accepted by museum curators into their collection. National and city leaders will commemorate on Sunday the ten-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a ceremony unveiling a memorial and museum. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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Retired Key West Fire Captain Alex Vega inspects a flag bearing the names of victims of the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks at the Key West Firehouse Museum in Key West, Florida September 9, 2011. Like so many organizations around America, the museum plans a Sunday memorial tribute on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. At the event, several New York City fire department veterans are to present the museum metal fragments from the World Trade Center site that are to be added to the collection of fire service memorabilia. REUTERS/Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout

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Crews install new subway signs with directions to the 9/11 Memorial near the World Trade Center construction site in New York September 9, 2011. National and city leaders will commemorate on Sunday the ten-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a ceremony unveiling a memorial and museum. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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A U.S. flag is seen through the mesh surrounding the perimeter at the World Trade Center construction site in New York, September 9, 2011. National and city leaders will commemorate on Sunday the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a ceremony unveiling a memorial and museum. REUTERS/Jim Young

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The south pool waterfall is tested as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York, July 28, 2011. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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The south pool waterfall is tested as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York, July 28, 2011. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. At back left construction continues on One World Trade Center tower. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Flags blow in the wind at sunrise at the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 11, 2008, the seventh anniversary of the attacks on New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. REUTERS/ Jason Cohn

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Red, a 12-year old retired search canine, climbs a training ladder in the yard of her owner Heather Roche in Annapolis, Maryland August 18, 2011. Not long after American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Red was at work. She was 18 months old and only recently certified as a rescue dog, a rookie among more veteran canines. For weeks, Red navigated the hazards of the rubble piles amid the clatter and chaos following 9/11. Picture taken August 18, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley

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A worker crosses the concrete inside the entrance to the Flight 93 Memorial outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania September 8, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated on Saturday. Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the September 11 (9/11) attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Jason Cohn

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A piece of metal with an image of the U.S. flag on it, made from aluminium recovered from the site of the World Trade Center towers in the weeks after their destruction, is seen in on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and taken on February 2, 2004 and released September 8, 2011. The piece served as a cable guard for the rock abrasion tool on the rover, as well as a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks. The image was taken with the rover's panoramic camera. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/Handout

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One World Trade Center and the North and South Pools are illuminated at the World Trade Center construction site in New York, September 9, 2011. National and city leaders will commemorate on Sunday the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a ceremony unveiling a memorial and museum. REUTERS/Jim Young


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