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September 11, 2012
Smaller memorials on 11th anniversary of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) -- There were still the tearful messages to loved ones, clutches of photos and flowers, and moments of silence. But 11 years after Sept. 11, Americans appeared to enter a new, scaled-back chapter of collective mourning for the worst terror attack in U.S history.

Crowds gathered, as always, at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania memorial Tuesday to mourn the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terror attacks, reciting their names and remembering with music, tolling bells and prayer. But they came in fewer numbers, ceremonies were less elaborate and some cities canceled their remembrances altogether. A year after the milestone 10th anniversary, some said the memorials may have reached an emotional turning point.

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Scott Willens, who joined the United States Army three days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, pauses by the South Pool of the World Trade Center Memorial during the 11th anniversary observance, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. AP / Justin Lane
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The construction of One World Trade Center, now up to 104 floors, is seen Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, across the Hudson River as a runner glides his hand at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., along the wall of 'Empty Sky,' New Jersey's memorial to the 749 people from the state lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. AP / Mel Evans
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Ava Kathleen Schmoelzer, 7, from Stamford, Conn., places flowers for her aunt on the wall overlooking the South Tower reflecting pool on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / AFP / Timothy A. Clary
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Kio Jung Chu touches the name of her daughter Pamela, who died in the attack on the north tower of the World Trade Center, pauses at the edge of the north reflecting pool of the World Trade Center Memorial during ceremonies marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks, in New York, Tuesday Sept. 11 2012. Pool / Reuters / Mike Segar
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Carrie Bergonia remembers her fiancee, firefighter Joseph Ogren, who was killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / The Daily News / Todd Maisel
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Geraldine Shaw of East Windsor, N.J. looks at the name of her son Jeffrey on a panel of the north replicating pool during a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / The Record of Bergen County / Chris Pedota
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Andrew Timson, 7, etches the name of his slain uncle, Andrew Fisher, at ceremonies marking eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. New York City is commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Pool / Getty Images / John Moore
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Ava Kathleen Schmoelzer, 7, makes a rubbing of her aunt's name, Kathleen Moran, on the border of one of the reflecting pools at the World Trade Center Memorial, during the 11th anniversary observance at the site, in New York, Tuesday Sept. 11, 201. Pool / EPA / Justin Lane
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The hand of Vasanta Velamuri, of Avenel, N.J. touches the impression of her husband's name, Sankara Sastry Velamuri on the rim of the South Pool during a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / Newsday / Craig Ruttle
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Judy Parisio places a small U.S. flag on the engraved name of her niece, Frances Ann Cilente who worked and died at the World Trade Center, during the commemoration ceremony of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by the North Pool at World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / The New York Times / Chang W. Lee
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An American flag is inserted in one of the of names engraved at the north reflecting pool at the World Trade Center Memorial, during the 11th anniversary observance of the attacks at the World Trade Center, in New York, Sept. 11 2012. Pool / Reuters / Mike Segar
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A man fixes an American flag that had fallen from its position during a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / The New York Times / Chang W. Lee
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An American flag flies over a man pausing near a reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial during the observance of the 11th anniversary of September 11 in New York, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / The Daily News / Todd Maisel
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The World Trade Center Flag is presented as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. AP / Jason DeCrow
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A man holds a picture of a member of the FDNY, a victim of the attacks, during the commemoration ceremony of 11th anniversary of 9/11 at the September 11 Memorial Plaza on Sept. 11, 2012 in New York, N.Y. ZUMA24.com / Wang Lei
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Marcio Rodriguez holds a United States flag as he pays respects in front of the construction site of One World Trade Center during the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. AP / Julio Cortez
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A woman becomes emotional after reading the name of her father as friends and relatives of the victims of 9/11 gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. AP / Jason DeCrow
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Julia Rivas holds her son's picture, Moises N. Rivas who worked at the World Trade Center, during the commemoration ceremony of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by the North Pool at World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Pool / The New York Times / Chang W. Lee
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Members of the Fort Drum Fire Department and the 10th Mountain Division turn out for the eleventh anniversary ceremony of the 9/11 attacks at Fort Drum, near Watertown, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The Post Standard / Gary Walts
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Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., participate in a sunset memorial service on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. AP / Gene J. Puskar
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Memphis firefighter David Schlauch helps refold a giant American flag after the annual September 11th Fire Services Memorial at the Fire Museum Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2012 in Memphis, Tenn. The Commercial Appeal / Jim Weber
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The Pharr San Juan, Texas firefighters were honored during the emotional event commemorating the 2001 World Trade 11th Annivesary at PSJA High school in Pharr, Texas Tuesday Sept. 11, 2012. The Monitor / Delcia Lopez
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Lt. Paul Ladouceur, with the Panama City Fire Department, helps raise a flag before the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Panama City, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The News Herald / Andrew Wardlow
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A passerby stops to look at some 2,977 American flags representing each person killed in the attacks of September 11 on display at the school's campus Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Atlanta. AP / David Goldman
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The City of Fultondale dedicated a 9/11 flag monument to commemorate the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11. The flag monument is at 3310 Lowery Parkway, Fultondale, Ala., and was dedicated Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The Birmingham News / Linda Stelter
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A boy runs among flags flying at Pepperdine University in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, Monday Sept. 10, 2012 in Malibu, Calif. Nearly 3,000 flags for of each person killed that day were erected. The installation of flags has been an annual event since September 2011 and will remain on display until the close of Pepperdine's 75th anniversary celebrations on Sept. 19. AP / David McNew
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Ludwig Camacho, 8, and Annbelle Camacho, 5, of West Sacramento view the Twin Towers site at the September 11 Memorial on Jefferson Blvd and South River Road in West Sacramento on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. Sacramento Bee / Jose Luis Villegas
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The Tribute in Light shines above the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty, left, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, as seen from Bayonne, N.J. Tuesday will mark the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The tallest tower is 1 World Trade Center, now up to 105 floors. In the center is 4 World Trade Center. AP / Mark Lennihan

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