Americans mark 11th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.

As the world prepares to mark the anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks, the New York skyline has been lit up with twin lights, filling the hole left by the World Trade Center.

The bright beams shooting up into the sky are turned on every September 11, and today’s 11th anniversary is no different.

Memorial services are set to take place at Ground Zero and hundreds of other venues around the globe.

Memory: The Manhattan skyline has been lit up with tributes to the victims of the September 11 attacksMemory: The Manhattan skyline has been lit up with tributes to the victims of the September 11 attacks

Tribute: Every year beams of light are shot into the sky to commemmorate the anniversary of the terror attacksTribute: Every year beams of light are shot into the sky to commemmorate the anniversary of the terror attacks

Viewpoint: Japanese flautist Toshi Bota is photographed on the shore of Brooklyn looking over to downtown ManhattanViewpoint: Japanese flautist Toshi Bota is photographed on the shore of Brooklyn looking over to downtown Manhattan

Light: A ground view of the Tribute in Light on the evening of September 10, ahead of the 11th anniversaryLight: A ground view of the Tribute in Light on the evening of September 10, ahead of the 11th anniversary

One tribute to the victims comes at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala, Florida, where 2,741 American flags – one for each of the attacks’ victims – have been planted in a moving act of remembrance.

On Monday, Leon Panetta attended a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Secretary of Defense called the site ‘the final resting place of American patriots’, and said he was there ‘to extend our nation’s deepest gratitude to the heroes of Flight 93’.

Grief: A single flower inserted into one of the names on the 9/11 National Memorial located at Ground ZeroGrief: A single flower inserted into one of the names on the 9/11 National Memorial located at Ground Zero

Contemplation: 10-year-old Stella Towers, from Sydney in Australia, on a visit to the memorial on September 10Contemplation: 10-year-old Stella Towers, from Sydney in Australia, on a visit to the memorial on September 10

Display: Another floral tribute to the victims of the attacks set up at the memorial in downtown ManhattanDisplay: Another floral tribute to the victims of the attacks set up at the memorial in downtown Manhattan

Visit: Leon Panetta was in Shankville, Pennsylvania on Monday paying tribute to those who died on Flight 93Visit: Leon Panetta was in Shankville, Pennsylvania on Monday paying tribute to those who died on Flight 93

Ceremony: The Secretary of Defense laid a wreath at the memorial near to where the flight crashed 11 years agoCeremony: The Secretary of Defense laid a wreath at the memorial near to where the flight crashed 11 years ago

Heroes: Candles have been set up at the Shanksville site to honour the 40 passengers who overpowered their terrorist hijackersHeroes: Candles have been set up at the Shanksville site to honour the 40 passengers who overpowered their terrorist hijackers

For the first time, the memorial ceremony at the 9/11 National Memorial in Manhattan will not feature any politicians this year, in an attempt to focus it on the private grief of survivors and victims’ relatives.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are expected to limit their campaigning, and to cancel negative advertising for the day.

The President has been briefed by top national security aides on what steps the government was taking to reduce the possibility of reprisal attacks on the 9/11 anniversary.

Flags: A lawn at Georgia Tech was covered in Stars and Stripes to commemorate the 9/11 victimsFlags: A lawn at Georgia Tech was covered in Stars and Stripes to commemorate the 9/11 victims

Field: A visitor at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California sits among the tribute thereField: A visitor at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California sits among the tribute there

Put out more flags: Military cadet Ted Sanchez, 16, lays out the flag display at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala, FloridaPut out more flags: Military cadet Ted Sanchez, 16, lays out the flag display at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala, Florida

The White House said on Monday that Mr Obama and his advisers discussed specific measures the administration was taking to prevent related attacks.

They also discussed steps that were being taken to protect Americans abroad and U.S. forces serving in combat zones.

The President has instructed government agencies to do everything possible to protect the American people both at home and abroad.

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and led to long-running U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Moving: 7th-grader Salvatore Giudice, from Florida, drew this memorial picture for the first responders who died in the September 11 attacksMoving: 7th-grader Salvatore Giudice, from Florida, drew this memorial picture for the first responders who died in the September 11 attacks

Rebuilding: Four World Trade Center and One World Trade Center are close to completion, filling in the Manhattan skyline once moreRebuilding: Four World Trade Center and One World Trade Center are close to completion, filling in the Manhattan skyline once more

Horror: Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the PentagonHorror: Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon

 

 

 

What about sending text messages to 911 !?

There are a number of legitimate reasons why someone in danger might not be able to call 911. The person might be hard of hearing or unable to speak, or perhaps the situation is just too dangerous for speaking to a 911 operator. There will be a solution soon as Verizon announced that it will be working with TeleCommunication Systems to allow its customers to send text messages to 911 centers by 2013. FCC spokesperson Tammy Sun was shining about the plan saying that the agency, “commended the company for offering consumers another way to reach 911 that is consistent with how millions of consumers already use mobile devices in their daily lives.”

Back in 2010, the FCC itself said that it wanted to bring 911 into the Digital Age by offering SMS service. Outside of asking for ideas and exhorting the carriers on, nothing really has come of the FCC’s involvement. For some time, there has been a need to update 911 services to allow those with low battery strength or a poor wireless signal, to summon help. In 2009, two girls stuck in as storm drain updated their Facebook status before seeking emergency help. In another case, a man sent out a tweet to report that a woman was having a seizure because he did not have enough battery life to make a call.


Verizon will be using its current CDMA SMS network to handle the texts to 911 and the service will be available to all Verizon customers sporting a phone that supports text messages and have a service plan that includes text messaging. Ironically, back in January 2011 during a snowstorm in Washington D.C.,8300 calls to 911 on the Verizon network in the area failed which led to an FCC probe.