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Obama, Bush to mark 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

NEW YORK — The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include former President George W. Bush and a chance for victims' families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

President Barack Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey will also be there, he said.

Speaking on his weekly radio show Friday on WOR-AM, Bloomberg said the lawmakers will read short poems or quotes. No speeches will be given.

The mayor also revealed a few more details for the ceremony on Sept. 11. Only relatives will be allowed inside the memorial to look for the names of loved ones, etched into the railings at two huge waterfalls built in the footprint of the World Trade Center.

The names of the nearly 3,000 victims — including those who died at the Pentagon and aboard United Flight 93 that went down in Shanksville, Pa. — will be read aloud for the first time. The public will be allowed into the space, still a major construction site, the day after the ceremony but only with tickets.

Stunned confusion or presidential calm?

Former President George W. Bush says he was aiming for calm in the moments after he first learned of the Sept. 11 attacks, a posting on Slate.com says. In a rare post-White House interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush addressed his much-debated and often-criticized reaction to the news during a visit to a classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. In an excerpt of the interview shown to television writers Thursday, Bush said he quickly realized all eyes were upon him, both in the classroom and out of it, Reuters reports. "So I made the decision not to jump up immediately and leave the classroom. I didn't want to rattle the kids. I wanted to project a sense of calm." The interview will air on Aug. 28 as part of the channel's weeklong Remembering 9/11 special.

Obama, Bush to mark 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 07/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:26pm]

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