Americans rubbed their hands on the names of their loved ones etched in stone

On Sunday, as families of 9/11 victims finally gained access to the new memorial at Ground Zero, many headed to the granite rim there surrounding cascading fountains and rubbed their hand over the name of their loved ones, etched onto the stone, as a symbolic memento of sorrow and sacrifice.

Under a crisp blue sky — much like the morning of September 11, 2001, when a personal hell began for families of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed that day — many pulled out pieces of paper and recorded their relative's place in history.

Many wept, and many others took photographs, as bell-ringings and moments of silence marked the exact time 10 years ago when two hijacked airliners hurtled into the Twin Towers and each of the towers fell.

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