Washington (AP) President Bush has led a moment of silence at the White House, joining scores of invited guests and staff people in observing the seventh anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Standing next to the president under threatening skies for the brief south lawn ceremony were his wife, Laura, and vice president Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. The moment of silence, as church bells peeled, was observed at 8:46 a.m., eastern time.
A chorus sang “god bless america.”
The assembled crowd numbered in the hundreds and included leaders of congress, members of the cabinet, diplomats, men and women in military uniform and chefs, plumbers, ushers and others who work at the White House. Across the Potomac River, a new memorial to those killed at the Pentagon was being dedicated as the names of the victims were read aloud to mourners there.