World prepares for anniversary
Thursday, September 5, 2002

By Jennifer Peter
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


At 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11, bells will ring in firehouses and churches across the country. The strains of Mozart's Requiem will be heard in time zones worldwide, sung by symphonies and school choirs.
Splinters of the destroyed buildings will be on display in states such as Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio and Wyoming. Americans will gather at public plazas and government buildings in cities and towns across the country for moments of silence and remembrances.
At the epicenters of the attacks, in New York City, the Pentagon, and a rural Pennsylvania town, government leaders will join victims' families in remembering the first anniversary of the attacks. In Boston, where terrorists boarded the planes that destroyed the World Trade Center, all takeoffs and landings will halt for a minute at the moment the first tower was struck a year ago.
But the day will also be marked in smaller ways, with candlelight vigils, music and prayer services in thousands of American communities that felt the shockwaves.
In places such as Wilmot, N.H., the loss was intensely personal. One of the town's 1,110 residents, Thelma Cuccinello, 71, died aboard a hijacked flight. Using money raised at farmer's markets and car washes, the town has built a bandstand that will be dedicated Wednesday.