Lawmakers in Washington took a break from the debate over Syria on Wednesday to remember those lost in the September 11th attacks that shook the nation a dozen years ago. NY1's Washington bureau reporter Geoff Bennett filed the following report.
At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama, Vice President Biden and their wives marked the time the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center building with a moment of silence.
Later, at the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed, the President paid tribute to those who died in the attacks.
“They left this Earth, they slipped from our grasp, but it was written, 'What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.' Where your families lost in the temporal, in the here and now, is now eternal," Obama said.
At the Capitol, members of Congress gathered for a memorial service.
House Speaker John Boehner read a passage from the Bible.
“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint," Boehner said.
And in a rare showing of bipartisan unity, members of the House and Senate held small American flags and joined together in song.