Congress Holds Final 9/11 Ceremony | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Congress Holds Final 9/11 Ceremony

Play associated audio
 In a rare moment of unity, both chambers of Congress met on the Capitol steps to sing "God Bless America" in honor of the 9/11 fallen. 
Matt Laslo
 In a rare moment of unity, both chambers of Congress met on the Capitol steps to sing "God Bless America" in honor of the 9/11 fallen. 

 

In the last of a series of federal events to honor the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress concluded its ceremony on the Capitol steps Monday evening.

Hundreds of lawmakers gathered on the eastern steps of the building and joined in singing "God Bless America," just as they did a decade ago, upon the recommendation of Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. Marking the anniversary always unifies an at times raucous group of politicians from both parties and both chambers of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid paid special tribute to those on Flight 93 who overpowered the hijackers and crashed the plane in a Pennsylvania field so they couldn't turn the plane into a fourth missile. 

"The plane was headed here," Reid said. "We've learned since then that the ring leader of that evil band had made the decision that it would be the Capitol and not the White House because it would be a much easier target." 

Congress members also joined in a moment of silence to honor all of the lives that were lost in the 9/11 attacks. 

 

NPR

How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Chose Peace?

Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.
NPR

Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say it's a win for consumers, trees and animals.
NPR

Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.
NPR

Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyber Attacks Continue

Home Depot says some 56 million card holders were possibly compromised in a cyber attack. It says there's no evidence that debit PIN numbers were comprised or that the breach affected online shoppers.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.