Reading of names to mark 9/11 memorial in N.Y.

Posted: August 07, 2002

NEW YORK — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will begin a reading of 2,823 victims' names during a day of "simple and powerful" observances marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack.

"This will not be an ordinary day for anyone in New York," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday in announcing a plan that "honors the memory of those we lost that day and that gives New Yorkers, Americans and people around the world the opportunity to remember and reflect."

At 8:46 a.m., the time a hijacked commercial jetliner, American Airlines Flight 11, slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower, the city will observe a moment of silence.

The memorial is expected to conclude with a moment of silence just before 10:30 a.m., when the north tower fell. The reading of the names is expected to take most of the service.

Although details remain to be worked out, Sept. 11 ceremonies are also planned at the Pentagon and the rural site near Shanksville, Pa., where the other two hijacked planes crashed. The Pennsylvania memorial will end at 10:06 a.m. - the moment United Flight 93 crashed.

_ Spirit Airlines announced yesterday that all its flights on Sept. 11 will be free, saying the offer is a response to travelers' reluctance to fly on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Spirit CEO Jacob Schorr said, "The sky should be full of Americans on that day. This will show that we're not a nation that can easily be brought down."

He said he hopes other airlines will follow suit.

Schorr estimated the giveaway will cost Spirit around $500,000. "This will give people who otherwise couldn't afford it a reason to fly," Schorr said.

Based in Lauderdale, Spirit Airlines also serves Fort Myers, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Atlantic City, Oakland, Calif., Myrtle Beach, S.C., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. *

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