The Note: 9/11/2006


President Bush and Mrs. Bush participated in a moment of silence at 8:46 am ET at the Fort Pitt Firehouse in New York City. The President and First Lady participate in a wreath laying in Shanksville, PA at 11:55 am ET and another wreath laying at the Pentagon at 3:30 pm ET. The President addresses the nation from the Oval Office at 9:01 pm ET.

ABC News will have coverage of all of that throughout the day across all platforms.

ABC's Tom Shine reports that five years ago, members of the House and Senate, both Republican and Democrat, embraced one another in a spirit of love and camaraderie and spontaneously burst into patriotic singing on the steps of the Capitol, which had avoided a direct hit earlier in the day due to the bravery of passengers aboard flight 93.

Today, there will be a re-enactment of that moment, but missing will be the spontaneity as well as the (genuine) love and camaraderie of five years ago. That isn't a cynical statement, just one of fact.

Participants will include House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). One could not help but be struck by the number of partisan-as-usual press releases that showed up in reportorial inboxes on Sunday. At this writing, no one has pressed SEND on such a release today that we have seen, but it is a safe bet that right after the singing ends, the releases (and rhetoric) will fly again).

Vice President and Mrs. Cheney attended a 7:40 am ET prayer service at St. Johns Episcopal Church. At 8:46 am ET, the Vice President participates in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. Present and former cabinet officials will also be in attendance, as well as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld hosts a 9:30 am ET memorial service for family members of victims. Gen. Peter Pace and Vice President Cheney are slated to make remarks.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosts a 10:30 am ET remembrance ceremony at the State Department for foreign nationals who died five years ago. At noon, the Secretary of State will depart for Halifax, Canada where she will meet with workers from the Halifax International Airport that assisted the thousands of Americans stranded there on September 11th. She will also meet with citizens of Halifax to thank them for their support.

Former President Bill Clinton delivers 11:15 am ET remarks to the United Jewish Communities International Lion of Judah Conference at the Washington Hilton.

Earlier today, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) attended New York City's commemoration ceremony at Ground Zero, where Rep. Harman bussed her. At 2:00 pm ET, she attends a 9/11 Monument unveiling at the Bayonne Marine Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, NJ. Sen. Clinton, along with Mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani, and Gov. Pataki, did a round robin of television interviews this morning on broadcast and cable, during which no discernable news was made.

Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) chairs a hearing entitled, "When can Iraqis Assume Full Internal Security?" at 10:00 am ET. Eric Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, and Navy Rear Adm. William Sullivan, Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify.

The National Press Club holds a 1:00 pm ET discussion with Tom Kean Sr., chairman of the 9/11 Commission, and Lee Hamilton, vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

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