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Christian Bernash, 4, marches Friday in Charlotte, N.C., between American flags forming the shape of the Twin Towers during a commemoration ceremony marking the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. AP Photo/ The Charlotte Observer, Todd Sumlin

9/11 is marked with mourning and a spirit of service

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NEW YORK -- With familiar rituals of grief and a new purpose to honor those who rushed into danger to help, the nation marked eight years since the Sept. 11 terror attacks Friday, with volunteers reading the names of the World Trade Center lost.

Memorials in New York, at the Pentagon and at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania all took place under gray skies, and those reading names at ground zero spoke under tents to protect against rain.

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