Events throughout NYC mark anniversary of 9/11

(From right) President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush with wife Laura Bush at the 9/11 memorial in New York.
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NEW YORK - The ceremony at the World Trade Center site is the centerpiece of New York City's remembrances on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The city is observing the 10th anniversary of the attacks Sunday at the newly opened Memorial Plaza at the site.

The ceremony also serves as the memorial's official opening. The site opens to the public Monday.

The memorial sits next to a construction project where office towers, a transportation hub and a cultural center are taking shape. The signature skyscraper, One World Trade Center, is rising quickly and will be the tallest in the country when completed.

The skies above New York this morning are clear blue, with scattered white clouds. There's a light breeze -- conditions not unlike those of the Tuesday morning 10 years ago.

As the sun rose, an American flag fluttered over six stories of the rising 1 World Trade Center. Two giant flags are draped over the signature skyscraper.

The site looks different than it has for any previous Sept. 11 anniversary. There are two manmade waterfalls directly on the footprints of the towers, surrounded by dozens of white oak trees. The names of the dead are stenciled in bronze into the smooth black metal surrounding the gigantic pools.

The site is still partly encircled by construction fences. At a nearby subway exit, a sign now says Rector Street 9/11 Memorial.

Other events are being held around New York City to commemorate the anniversary.

A sunrise ceremony in Battery Park was showcasing poetry and musical performances. At Tribute Park in Queens, a piece of World Trade Center steel is being unveiled.

Later in the day, volunteers at Bryant Park are to record what visitors say they want the world to remember about Sept. 11 as part of an artist project. Other events include peace walks, choral performances and candlelight vigils.

Relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center were allowed in to the memorial at the World Trade Center site for the first time. The centerpiece of the ceremony is the reading of the names of nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks.

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