Video: Brokaw: 9/11 is a ‘time of reflection’

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    >>> this was the scene hundreds of workers at world trade center pausing for a moment of silence this morning as a giant flag was unfurled on the new one world trade center tower that is under construction there, rising above lower manhattan . tom brokaw spent over 100 hours at the anchor desk after the 9/11 attacks and two weeks after the day, he wrote a piece for the "new york times" that turned into a kind of prediction, quote, this new war on terrorism will be fought less conventionally and it could lead us into a deep recession. and he asked, quote, will the surge of bipartisan spirit endure, washing away the petiness that devals public life and alienates voters? that was back on september 28 , 2001 . here we are september 9 , 2011 . tom is back with us. and tom, the question i want answered is this. the only thing comparable in american life is pearl harbor , did this change our generation and our people more than that attack changed the american people back then?

    >> i don't think so, because then it was all in, it was world war ii , the entire world was at stake, and one of the big differences between then and now of course is that nothing much was asked of the rest of us after 9/11, we stayed at home. those who went into uniform and fought the wars in iraq and afghanistan, less than 1% of the population, took 100% of the bullets for us, so that is a significant difference. world war ii , everybody was involved. they joined in at home and they gave up things, they stopped manufacturing consumer goods so they could build war material, a newer kind of airplane, everybody every night was conscious of what was going on in the war.

    >> of course we'll all pause on sunday, you and i will be down there together and you write about our cancerous divisive politics and we see what happened ten years later.

    >> i think one of the opportunities that this anniversary may give us, because we're going to start hearing the stories tonight on "dateline" of the survivors and the family members who lost someone, in every case, man, woman and child, they said it was an emotional blow that i will never recover from, but i decided to have a better life , more focused and more meaningful. if they can do that given their loss, it -- this is a time that's what memorials are about and anniversaries, of reflection. what do we reflect on? how do we take stock of who we are and the best reflections are those who went through the worst, brian.

    >> i'll see you sunday morning, you mentioned the "dateline" special. tom is hosting " america remembers " that's at 9:00, 8:00 central. news services
updated 9/9/2011 7:05:33 PM ET 2011-09-09T23:05:33

A moment of silence at Ground Zero. Hard hats emblazoned with "Never Forget" stickers in Cleveland. A full-throated reprise of the song "New York, New York" on Broadway.

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Nationwide, rituals of remembrance took place and Americans weighed Sept. 11's meaning for them as final preparations were being made Friday for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Here are some of them.

Ground Zero
At 9:08 a.m., hundreds of construction workers stopped work to bow their heads. Several air horns sounded in unison and the normally frantic pace of construction became quiet.

Ground Zero workers observe a moment of silence

Sing it loud
Celebrities — along with sailors, nuns, drag queens, ballerinas and a Spider-Man — gathered in Times Square on Friday to belt out "New York, New York," the John Kander and Fred Ebb song made famous by Frank Sinatra.

NYPD Officer Daniel Rodriguez also sang an operatic "God Bless America."

The event was put on to support the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance's I Will Campaign, which asks people to observe the anniversary by performing good deeds, supporting charitable causes, volunteering and engaging in acts of compassion.

Sense of loss, grace in Shanksville, Pa.
In this quiet, remote part of western Pennsylvania, people from all over the country came to pay their respects to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93, which crashed into a desolate field nearly 10 years ago.

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Courtney Peller (left), 14, Taylor Duffy (center) and Caitlin Rakowski, both 15, look at the field in Shanksville, Pa., on Friday, where United flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001.

Family members of those who died on Flight 93 shed tears Friday, but they also celebrated the spirit of the crash site's guestbook — a rare feeling that people from vastly different walks of life had come together.

"I don't focus on what happened. You can't change that," said Lorne Lyles, whose wife, CeeCee Ross Lyles, had been working as a United Airlines flight attendant for only nine months on that September morning in 2001.

"Coming here is more of a celebratory thing. She's been memorialized," Lyles said. "Just to see the outpouring from all over the world is touching. You really do have some caring people in the world."

Video: Shanksville : ‘A hallowed place’ (on this page)

Kaiser returns
An Indianapolis rescue dog boarded a plane for New York, marking the canine's first time back since September 2001, when he became a hero at Ground Zero, NBC affiliate WTRH-TV reported .

Ten years ago, Kaiser was part of the FEMA search and rescue team, one of four dogs dispatched from Indiana to the World Trade Center in New York, WTRH reported.

Three hundred dogs in all assisted in the search and rescue that soon turned into a recovery effort and, even after that, evolved into somewhat of a therapy session.

After his years in search and rescue, Kaiser has settled into being a dog companion — with a break for a very busy weekend.

He was off for New York to guest on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's TV show, with plans to Indiana on Saturday so he can be the grand marshal at Carmel's Dog Day Afternoon and 9/11 tribute on Sunday.

Video: Preserving the memory of 9/11 (on this page)

Three horn blasts
In Cleveland, the 200-strong construction crew at the Medical Mart complex showed up to work wearing red, white and blue bandannas. Each worker had also slapped a "Never Forget" sticker on their hard hat.

At 8:45 a.m. and after three horn blasts, workers suspended operations at the $465 million downtown complex, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Story: After 9/11: A decade of deaths, marriages, war and peace

Somber gathering in Alabama
In Alabaster, residents were asked to bring flowers and notes of encouragement to place at the Veterans Park during a wreath-laying ceremony. The notes will be removed and kept at the city's Fire Department headquarters.

Honoring the day in Washington
In the nation's capital, President Obama issued a proclamation in "tribute to the selfless heroes and innocent victims" of the attacks, declaring Sunday as Patriot Day. "I ask all Americans to join together in serving their communities and neighborhoods in honor of the victims." See the president's full proclamation here.

The House adopted by unanimous consent a resolution declaring Sept. 11 a day of solemn commemoration and declaring that Congress was adjourned in respect for the victims. See a PDF of the resolution here.

Fallout at flight school

A decade after terrorists did the unthinkable, the former owner of the South Florida flight school where two of them trained


that he’s still paying the price.

“The last ten years have been bad,” says Rudi Dekkers, the former owner of Huffman Aviation, in Venice, where hijackers Mohammed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi trained before Sept. 11.

Dekkers, now 55, didn’t lose any loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. But he says the financial losses and the losses to his reputation have been staggering. After dealing with government investigations, threats to his life, even a helicopter crash he calls “suspicious,” Dekkers says his life has never been the same.

“I did not realize when Sept. 11 happened, that I was involved,” said Dekkers.

Read the rest of's report here.

The Associated Press, Reuters and NBC News contributed to this report.

Photos: Sept. 11 and sports

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  1. Red, white and blue

    Members of the armed forces hold a giant United States flag during the national anthem prior before the between the Chargers and the Vikings on Sept. 11, 2011 in San Diego. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Patriotic flair

    A Ravens player wears cleats emblazoned with "FDNY," while Panthers receiver Steve Smith displays his gloves. On the far right is Jets linebacker David Harris. Various athletes sported 9/11 tributes on their clothing. () Back to slideshow navigation
  3. New York state of mind

    Jets players hold flags before their game against the Cowboys on Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. (Henny Ray Abrams / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Flying high for the victims

    An American flag is displayed during a flyover before the Rockies-Reds game in Denver. (Jack Dempsey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Flags for our fathers and sons

    A young San Francisco Giants fan holds his American flag sign during the singing of God Bless America during the Dodgers-Giants game on Sept. 11, 2011 in San Francisco. (Tony Medina / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Coast to coast

    Members of the Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums walk off Safeco Field during a 9/11 tribute performance. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. No bull

    Texans mascot Toro slides down from the rooftop with the American flag before the team's home game against the Colts. (Thomas B. Shea / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Heavy hearts

    First responders and Tuesday's Children family members, who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, carry a giant flag onto the field in a remembrance ceremony before the Mets baseball game against the Cubs Sept. 11, 2011. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Man of steel

    Steelers defensive back William Gay holds a United States flag next to Mike Martinez, who lost his legs while serving with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, before their game against the Ravens on Sept. 11, 2011, in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Patriotic flag stick

    Golfer Morgan Pressel removes the flag at the first green during the final round of the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark. (Darren Carroll / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Silent tribute

    Fans stand during a moment of silence before the Panthers-Cardinals game in Glendale, Ariz. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Miltary moment

    Active duty and vertan members of the U.S. Military are greeted by the Cincinnati Reds as they march around the field during pregame activities. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A Tiger's true colors

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland wears a United States flag patch on his jersey. (Leon Halip / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Field of flags

    A man wearing a fireman's hat stands while a United States flag spreads the field before the Bills-Chiefs game in Kansas City. Mo. (Larry W. Smith / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Overseas silence

    The United States team observes silence in remembrance the 9/11 terrorist attacks during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (Sandra Mu / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. It's an honor

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones shakes hands with Medal of Honor recipient Army Ranger Leroy Petry before his team's game against the Jets on Sept. 11, 2001. (Henny Ray Abrams / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A reminder

    A fan holds up a sign during the moment of silence before the Nationals-Astros game on Sept. 11, 2011 in Washington. (Greg Fiume / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Sorrow at Shea

    Bobby Amos holds a U.S. flag before the start of a game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium in New York on Sept. 21, 2001. (Mark Lennihan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Chief concern

    Kayla Morse, of Shawnee, Kan., has her face painted with stars and stripes instead of the traditional red and gold as she attends the New York Giants-Kansas City Chiefs NFL game on Sept. 23, 2001. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. The pastime pauses

    For the first time since D-Day on June 6, 1944, all baseball games were postponed on Sept. 11, 2001 by order of commissioner Bud Selig. (Gary Tramontina / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Coming together

    The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks meet in the center of the infield to hold the American flag during the singing of "God Bless America" on Sept. 17, 2001. (David Zalubowski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. 'God Bless America'

    New York Mets fans hold up an American flag as Diana Ross sings "God Bless America" at Shea Stadium prior to the Braves-Mets game on Sept. 21, 2001. (Mike Segar / Reuters file) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Chill at Camden

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, sits empty, late Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2001. (Roberto Borea / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Not today

    Matt Rogers, ticketing manager for the Houston Astros, posts signs on the ticket windows at Enron Field announcing the postponement of the Astros-San Franciso Giants game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (David J. Phillip / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Eerie Enron

    Enron Field, home of the Houston Astros, sits empty Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (David J. Phillip / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. A year later

    Fans stand at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sept. 11, 2002 during pregame ceremonies in honor of the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Home of the brave

    Fans attending the Atlanta Braves' game with the New York Mets show their patriotism and support for 9/11 victims on Sept. 11, 2002. (John Bazemore / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Ultimate warrior

    Pat Tillman is shown as a strong safety with the Arizona Cardinals during a game against the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 4, 1998. Tillman, who quit the NFL and joined the U.S. Army in response to 9/11, was killed in Afghanistan in April, 2004. (Todd Warshaw / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Honoring Pat

    Pat Tillman's widow Marie Tillman and brother Richard Tillman applaud as they watch Pat's name and jersey number enshrined in Arizona State's ring of honor on Nov. 13, 2004. Tillman, who gave up a NFL career to join the U.S. Army and later became a Ranger, died in Afghanistan in April, 2004. (Paul Connors / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Big salute

    Fans applaud the New York City Fire and Police Departments at the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 11, 2004. (Kathy Willens / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Pride, poise, patriotism

    Oakland Raider fans observe a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11 before the Chargers-Raiders game on Sept. 11, 2006. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Tight security

    Stadium workers check fans' bags before the Braves-Rockies games on July 21, 2011. (Ed Andrieski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Meeting Mariano

    Longtime star New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera talks with children who lost parents in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, on July 26, 2011, before a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. From left are Cary Jones, Joe McHugh, Amish Sattaluri and Patrick Hannaford. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Mugging for the camera

    New York Yankees first baseman Nick Swisher poses for Julia Jones and her brothers, Cary, left and Joseph, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., on July 26, 2011 before a game with the Seattle Mariners. The children's father, Arthur Jones, died at the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Heroes' welcome

    New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada greets U.S. Army Sgt. Al Betancourt, left, and Congressional Medal of Honor awardee Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry before ceremonies on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at Yankee Stadium. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Thanks

    New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, left, shakes hands with Congressional Medal of Honor awardee Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Somber visit for Cup king

    Jimmie Johnson, who has won five straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, and his wife Chani Johnson look at objects related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon during a visit to the Pentagon on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. (Ned Dishman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Eyes and ears

    Tennis fans arrive for the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. From bomb-sniffing dogs to pat-downs of fans, security will be tight at 13 NFL games and the U.S. Open on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Never forget

    A New York Mets fan holds up a sign referring to 9/11 during the Cubs-Mets game on Saturday, Sept. 10. (Bill Kostroun / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Watchful eyes

    A New York City police officer stands outside Citi Field as fans enter the stadium before the Cubs-Mets game Saturday, Sept. 10. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Red, white and Busch

    The crew for Kyle Busch rolls his car out of the garage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday Sept. 10. (Zach Gibson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Point made

    Cadets unfurl a large American flag during halftime of the San Diego State-Army NCAA college football game in West Point, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 10. (Hans Pennink / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Still angry

    East Carolina fans cheer following a moment of silence for 9/11 victims before the East Carolina's home college football game against Virginia Tech in Greenville, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 10. (Karl Deblaker / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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