(AGI) Washington, Sept 11 - America commemorated the 9/11terrorist attacks on Friday, one of the most tragic andgame-changing events in its recent history. As in previousyears, the White House held a minute's of silence for the 2001attacks, with President Obama asking the nation to "honor andremember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and their loved onesthrough prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visitingof memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelightremembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies andactivities. I invite people around the world to participate inthis commemoration" at 8.46 a.m., the exact time at which thefirst airplane crashed into one of the Twin Towers. PresidentBarack Obama and First Lady Michelle stood with their hands ontheir hearts surrounded by about a hundred members of the WhiteHouse's political personnel and staff. Washington has turned9/11 into Patriot Day and National Day of Service andRemembrance, inviting citizens to engage in voluntary work inhonour of the almost 3,000 victims and their families. TheWhite House proclaimed three days of "prayer and nationalcommemoration" from Sept. 11 to 13. "Fourteen years ago, thepeace of a beautiful morning was broken. The events ofSeptember 11, 2001, left a permanent mark on the spirit ofevery American, and our Nation is forever changed," said thepresident. He added in a tweet: "But we remain stronger thanever". It does not matter how much time it takes, added U.S.Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, commemorating the 184 victimsof the Pentagon, because "justice will be done" and theterrorists "will not escape the long arm of justice". New Yorkheld the customary ceremony in which all the names of thevictims were read out at the National September 11 Memorial, anevent reserved for the families in the morning and open to thepublic in the afternoon. This year too on the day of theanniversary, the sky over Manhattan was lit up with abreath-taking rainbow of colours projected by 88 torches thatwill remain alight until Sept. 12. Commemorations were held allover the United States. In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the placewhere the aeroplane crashed that the terrorists intended to flyinto the White House or Capitol Hill, the new "Flight 93"Museum was inaugurated to pay homage to the 40 heroicpassengers and crew members whose reaction probably foiled thedestruction of the symbol of the U.S. government. "Normalcitizens met the devil but their courage and determinationsaved an uncountable number of lives, protecting America'ssacred and symbolic places," said Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretaryof the Interior. (AGI). .