New York, N.Y. (NBC News) — Solemn remembrances of the September 11th attacks are underway ahead of Sunday’s 15th anniversary.
In New York City Friday a march was held honoring police officers who died 15 years ago as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed, and those who have died from September 11th-related disease since.
The remembrances now are as much about celebration as they are about solemnity, celebrating the lives of those lost, but also celebrating resilience, recovery and rebirth.
In the new building where the Twin Towers once stood, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson marked the return of several federal agencies to Lower Manhattan, now housed in One World Trade Center.
“Terrorism cannot prevail if we refuse to be terrorized,” Johnson said.
In Washington, members of Congress sang and prayed on the Capitol steps, where House Speaker Paul Ryan noted there’s now a generation of Americans too young to fully understand the pain of September 11th.
“Our children may not fully understand the horror of it all, but they can admire the heroism,” he said.
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