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National Cathedral Bells Toll in Memory of Sept. 11 Attack

The bells in the spires high above the National Cathedral tolled eight times today to mark the eighth annivesary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. At the cathedral's regular noon service, the Rev. Nancy James tailored her homily for the somber occasion.

"Today we come together for a holy task, the task of remembering," James said. "Let us remember the people who suffered, who died, for God asked us to honor them. We remember those who perished rescuing others, those who went back into the flames and those who were called to serve."

Wames said while the terrorist act was meant to stir chaos, James said, it brought the country together never before because, "chaos never has the last word."

Just before the closing prayer, National Cathedral Canon Steve Huber said, "Hatred did not have the final say" on Sept. 11.

Mary Sims, 64, an altar guild member from Charles County, agreed.

"For me Sept 11 is a day that we should love and not hate," she said.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 11, 2009; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  Church and State , Hamil R. Harris  
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