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Ceremonies are being held today at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa., to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

President Obama, speaking at the Pentagon, said Americans held true to their ideals in the face of attempts by terrorists to “divide and demoralize us.” In New York, at Ground Zero, the names of the victims of 9/11 are being read and photos of loved ones who died in the tragic event are being shown.

At Shanksville, Pa., first lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush attended ceremonies at the site where passengers brought down a hijacked plane, foiling attempts by terrorists to attack elsewhere in Washington, D.C.

Speaking at the Pentagon, the president alluded to the controversy over plans for an Islamic center near Ground Zero  and a Florida pastor’s threat, later rescinded, to burn copies of the Muslim holy book.

Obama made it clear that the U.S. is not at war with Islam and called the al-Qaeda attackers “a sorry band of men” who perverted religion.

Here at, we want to send our prayers out to anyone who has lost a friend or loved one during the 9/11 attack or the war of terror that followed after.  We will never forget that day and will always appreciate the heroic Americans who have fought to give us freedom.