In Washington, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden walked out to the White House’s South Lawn for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. — the time the first plane struck the south tower in New York. Another jetliner struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.
Under a blue sky and against a backdrop of rolling hills, family, friends and others gathered Wednesday in a western Pennsylvania field to mourn and praise the passengers and crew who died 12 years ago after fighting back against the hijackers of United Flight 93.
As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks near, KCBS is looking at the people deeply affected by the tragic events of that day, including a Bay Area mom who lost her son on United Flight 93.
The news of Osama bin Laden’s death spread quickly, but the mood was more solemn as people gathered to remember the heroes of Flight 93.
“My first feeling was disbelief,” Alice Hoagland said, describing her initial reaction to the news of Osama bin Laden’s violent death in Pakistan.