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Obama: U.S. safer, resilient on 9/11 anniversary

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  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold hands as they walk back to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, after joining members of the White House staff during a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept, 11th.

      President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold hands as they walk back to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, after joining members of the White House staff during a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept, 11th.
    Associated Press

  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama join members of the White House staff during a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept, 11th, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

      President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama join members of the White House staff during a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept, 11th, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. is safer and its people resilient on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama laid a wreath at the Pentagon, one of several official observances marking the suicide hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Aided by a Marine honor guard, Obama placed a white floral wreath on a metal stand above a concrete slab that said "Sept. 11, 2001 - 9:37 a.m." A moment of silence began at precisely 9:37 a.m.

In remarks at the Pentagon, Obama recalled a day "when grief crashed over us like an awful wave."

Later Tuesday, the president was to visit wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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