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How the nation and world commemorated 9/11

Associated Press Modified: September 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm •  Published: September 11, 2012

— HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Family members and friends of Sept. 11 victims gathered for an oceanfront ceremony at Point Lookout Beach in Hempstead. They wrote messages and names of victims on a panorama of the New York City skyline. Some also included the names of servicemen and women serving overseas.

— BOSTON — A man who raced into a burning apartment building to alert residents was honored as part of observances in Massachusetts. Paul Antonino, of Wakefield, was presented with the annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery. The award was created to honor Sweeney, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the first of two jetliners that were hijacked from Boston's Logan Airport and flown into the World Trade Center. Also in Boston, the names of the more than 200 people with direct ties to Massachusetts who died were read by Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and family members. A wreath was placed at the state's 9/11 memorial in the Boston Public Garden.

— MOOSE, Wyo. — A group of disabled veterans climbed to the summit of the 13,770-foot Grand peak in Grand Teton National Park on Tuesday. The climb was made to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks and help in their healing process. The climbing party consisted of about a dozen people, including three disabled combat vets. Guide Mike Kirby says the climb symbolizes moving beyond Sept. 11 and the resulting war against terrorists.

— DENVER — Colorado government leaders marked Sept. 11 with a service that also honored the victims of the Aurora theater shooting and wildfires this summer that destroyed hundreds of homes. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan called first responders "our heroes" and said he wanted to deliver a message from his constituents. "Senseless acts of violence do not define us as a community," Hogan told a crowd of hundreds at a park across the street from the state Capitol. "Instead it is the lives and acts of heroes and the overwhelming acts of kindness and care for our neighbors that best defines Aurora, and the same can be said of our entire state."

— RENO, Nev. — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Sept. 11 is a day to renew a resolve to protect the nation from "evil" attacks and thanked members of the National Guard for their service and sacrifices. Speaking to 4,000 members at the National Guard Association convention, Romney said the National Guard in its long history has "never faltered, never wavered," whether called up to help residents at home recover from natural disasters or to fight an enemy in distant lands.