The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—7:30 am: President and Mrs. Bush attend a memorial service at St. John's Episcopal Church, D.C. —8:30 am: Senate convenes for morning business, Capitol Hill

—8:46 am: President and Mrs. Bush observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn, White House

—8:46 am: Senate leaders gather at the Ohio Clock to ring the bell, Capitol Hill

—8:46 am: Governor Gray Davis attends a memorial service to lower the Capitol flag to half-staff, Sacramento

—9:03 am: Senate Armed Service Committee members ring the Ohio Clock bell twice and the Senate pauses for a moment of silence, Capitol Hill

—9:30 am: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld participates in wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

—9:38 am: Members of the armed services ring the Ohio Clock bell three times and the Senate pauses for a moment of silence, Capitol Hill

—10:00 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle with Scott McClellan

—10:00 am: House convenes to authorize the establishment of a memorial to the victims who died as a result of terrorist acts against the United States or its people at home and abroad, Capitol Hill

—10:06 am: Members of the armed services ring the Ohio Clock bell four times and the Senate pauses for a moment of silence, Capitol Hill —11:30 am: United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals holds hearing on ACLU lawsuit concerning the use of punch card ballots in six California counties, Pasadena, Calif.

—12:00 pm: Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with the House International Relations Committee to discuss North Korea, Capitol Hill

—12:00 pm: House and Senate leadership make remarks on the anniversary of 9/11, Capitol Hill

—12:15 pm: Senator Bob Graham addresses the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City —3:00 pm: President and Mrs. Bush visit with wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, D.C.

—3:30 pm: Governor Davis attend the Medal of Valor ceremony at the California Highway Patrol Academy, West Sacramento —5:30 pm: Governor Davis holds a bill signing ceremony for the "Hate Prevention Instruction" and "National Guard Education Benefits" bills, Sacramento

—9:15 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a private tour of the Simon Wiesenthal Center with the center's founder, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Los Angeles

NEWS SUMMARY

Bless and remember those who lost their lives or their loved ones two years ago.

And even as we mourn as a nation, celebrate the ability America has shown to remember and commemorate what makes this a great country.

Since so many of our readers are otherwise busy today, here are the basics:

The President and Mrs. Bush attend a memorial service this morning, observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn at the White House, and visit with wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital today.

The Democratic presidential candidates have pulled their TV advertising for the day, and mostly are down.

Senator Graham gives a speech called "9/11 Two Years Later: Are We Safer?" today to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. He has a fundraiser breakfast and goes to a fundraiser at a Yankee game tomorrow. He's in Iowa on Saturday.

Governor Dean has no public events today. He campaigns in New Hampshire tomorrow and in Iowa on Saturday.

Senator Kerry will attend a memorial service in Boston today and help prepare meals at a veterans' homeless shelter. He visits Columbia, South Carolina, tomorrow. He'll be in Iowa on Saturday.

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