tv Face the Nation CBS September 11, 2011 7:30am-8:00am PDT
ecclesiastes. to everything there is a season. and a time for every purpose under heaven. a time to be born, and a time to die. a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted. a time to kill. and a time to heal. a time to weep. and a time to laugh. a time to mourn. and a time to dance. a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together. a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. a time to win. and a time to lose. a time to keep. and a time to cast away. a time to
a time to rend and a time to sow. a time to keep silent and a time to speak. a time to love and a time to hate. a time of war and a time of peace. god bless every soul that we lost. god bless that family members who have to endure that loss and god guide us to our reunion in heaven and god bless the united states of america. >> next will be debra epps who lost her brother christopher eppss on the 98th floor of the
north tower. >> good morning. my name is debra epps. it has been ten years and feels like its just happened yesterday. my brother christopher eppss worked on the 98th floor in the north tower. not one holiday, birthday has gone by that my four sisters and my brother and i don't think about him. our mother never takes off a necklace with his picture in it. something i have learned over the past ten years is that people come forward to help you
in your time of need and today we thank you. the people of our great nation, family, friends and neighbors. at work christopher sat next to his good friend wayne russo. the russo family has made a special request that their son's name be placed next to my brother's name that meant so much to our family. what i know now is that the forces of good are not just in movies. it's all around us. people really do catch you when you fold. it's been a blessing. christopher would have loved
what happened here ten years ago this morning. bob scheffer you've been watching here this morning. your thoughts. >> as you look into the faces of these people you realize what a monsterrous act of event this was. i think back to what john kennedy said, i've been berlinered. we were all at the pentagon that day. we were all at that place in pennsylvania where that plane went down. we on this awful day we saw america at its very best and that's the great strength of this country and as long as we exhibit that strength it helps me to know that whatever happened, the kind of things that happened on 9/11 will
never defeat us. >> bob, you'll be back with us in a few minutes with face the nation and some special guests that have some perspective on what we've seen today, before we conclude our special report i want to go back to an image we saw today, this was the moment the family were able to get to the national memorial for the very first time and to see the names of their loved ones etched in bronze for the very first time and look at what they did with that. i don't think anyone realized that families would take tracing papers and sketch the name on the vietnam memorial and the families have come and spontaneously slipped flowers through the names of their
loved ones. this magnificent memorial and they have made it their own. ten years ago the world trade center became a battlefield. now as the memorial is dedicated we are reminded of the words of abraham lincoln as we dedicated the soldiers. he said we cannot dedicate. we cannot consecrate. we cannot hallow this ground. the brave men living who struggled here have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract and so it is here at ground zero. as the names of the fallen echo through we leave you now with some of the images of this
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ground zero....ten years after the september 11 attacks. we'll have a live report from new york. "sound of chim return to ground zero ten years after the september 11 attack. we have a live report coming up from new york. in the bay area firefighters honor their colleagues who help save thousands of lives that day. >> it is 7:45 right now on sunday, september 11. thanks for joining us. >> it's a day of remembrance in the u.s., in the bay area and around the entire world marking ten years since the worst terrorist attack on america soil. >> president obama and former president george bush honored fall ant the world trade center
just hours ago and drew levinson joining us where thousands of victims and relatives are gathered. >> reporter: a very emotional day as we listen to every one of those names being read out aloud, the victims of 9/11, all this ten years later. family members clutched photos. for the first time they gathered at the newly completed national memorial at ground zero. president obama and former george w. bush accompanied by their wives stop to view the reflecting pools. one by one the names of nearly 3000 victims are being read
down here at ground zero. some family members delivered a special message. >> my sister melissa white, we love you. we miss you and we'll never forget you. >> dad, mom, jewel and i miss you. you are forever in our hearts. rest in peace. >> reporter: there was also a remembrance at the pentagon and in shanksville, pennsylvania. on monday the 9/11 memorial opens to the public in new york. victims family expect it to be a tribute to their loved ones and a lasting reminder to this never forget. tomorrow the public will come in there but today that's one of two reflecting pools. many of the victims families are there. they are looking for the names
of their loved ones and tracing the names on tracing paper to take home. >> such a tough day. thank you. within the past hour there were ceremonies here in the bay area at fire stations in san francisco. >> they happened at all 43 stations to remember those who died ten years ago. three set of climbs rang at 6:59 a.m. that was today the names of fallen firefighters were read aloud and today station flags will be at half-mast. taking a look at the transamerica pyramid. first responders will be climbing up with the pyramid. they are honoring the 343
firefighters who died at the world trade center. they will be taking the stairs all the way up to the top. as you know 9/11 changed lives. that is true for firefighters around the country. >> we'll take a look with the fire chief. he'll join us to take a look at the changes that local, state fire crews have made in the event of a disaster here. a larger than life tribute on display this week in the east bay. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,, ,,
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9/11 attacks. with more how things "are different" at the local da county fir firefighters all over the country were profoundly impacted by the 9/11 attack. with more on thousand things are different, alameda fire chief the joining us. thank you very joining me. >> thank you for having me. >> we know it's a tough day for everybody but particularly for people in your position. >> i was watching them read the names downstairs and i have a bit of a lump in my throat because we a family. we don't ever want to forget that. we want to learn those lessons so we can prevent it from happening in the future. >> if by some chance its happens again, a disaster hits the bay area, how prepared are
we compared to ten years ago? >> i think we're a lot better prepared. one of things we've always had in the state of california is one of the aid systems in the united states. we can move thousands of resources up and down the state mainly due to our wildfire and earthquake experience in this state. that does translate. >> when you think about something like that, communication is huge and we heard a lot about radio frequencies and the problems of different agencies communicating with each other. >> that was one of problems at 9/11. >> what are you concerns with that? >> we have very good interoperatable among the fire service but there's great efforts going on locally through all the areas coming
together locally. >> i've been to sessions, the training sessions and planning sessions and seen the reports, it's stacks of them. a lot of it boils down do for the first 72 hours people will be on their own. that's what we had the new york. >> we have some very unique demographic areas in the bay area. we partner very vigilantly with our community. we know that for the first 72 to 96 hours it will be the resources that will have to work with the communities to make the initial efforts to control. i think we're very well down the road being able to do that so we have community, public safety and local government all working in unity for the first 96 hours. >> 9/11 was a real reminder for
everybody about how dangerous your job can be. how has that changed how you face going to work on a daily basis? >> its hasn't changed. we give the best chaining and -- the best training and equipment. one of things i wrote is we are on the way. those were words that came out of the towers before they collapsed and those are still coming from our radios. >> very quick question, budget cut, layoffs, do we have the force to deal with something of this magnitude? >> we have seen reductions up and down the state from the budget cuts that are in effect. we expect to see after cut of 20% of the resources but we are still working at ways to move