There were numerous memorial ceremonies marking the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. One of note was held at the Pentagon were Vice-President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld attended.
“We honor the men, women and children whose lives were taken so suddenly and so coldly,” Cheney said. About 100 family members of those killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11 attended the ceremony. Cheney said that the events of Sept. 11, 2001, created “a day of national unity.”
At the event, Rumsfeld said that “the highest tribute we can pay to them is to commit ourselves to doing everything possible to fight the extremists wherever they are, to making every effort to stay united as a country and to give our truly outstanding men and women in uniform all that they need to succeed.”
At a ceremony held in Arlington Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran of Virginia had a few things to say:
Moran then maneuvered into more sensitive ground, suggesting that the country was not safer and intimating that the Bush administration's foreign policy was headed in the wrong directions. “More people hate us,” Moran said, a comment that drew an outburst from the crowd. “My brother died on 9/11 - don't make this political,” a woman in audience cried out.