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Day Of Reflection Begins With Sunrise Ceremony

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The commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks began Sunday morning with a sunrise ceremony in Battery Park. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

It was a morning of music, poetry and selected readings to welcome in the day: A day that remembers the worst, but also focuses on the best hopes for the future.

"This morning was really conceived about ceremonially welcoming the sunrise on a day that is most solemn in our nation's history, this tenth anniversary," said Warrie Price of the Battery Park Conservancy.

The ceremony began just before the 6:32 a.m. sunrise. In addition to poems, there were readings from Abraham Lincoln's first and second inaugurals, and from quintessential New Yorker Walt Whitman.

"They had sunrise ceremonies for the first, second and third year afterwards. And then they discontinued them for a number of years, and we thought on the tenth anniversary it was important to revive those because they were meaningful," said organizer Howard Teich.

Lower Manhattan will now be a place for quiet reflection, but it will also be a vibrant revitalized new neighborhood as the rebuilding moves forward.

"Everyone fought to protect this city and rebuild Lower Manhattan and I think that's our greatest legacy," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

As part of a separate commemoration in Battery Park, single flags representing each life that was lost 10 years ago were put on display.

The stripes that make up the special flags are adorned with the names of the first responders who courageously gave up their lives that day as they tried to help others.

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