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I was expecting as many as 500,000 people at Ground Zero for September 11 memorial services. While perhaps 10,000 family members and officials may have gone down into the WTC "pit," fewer than 24,000 were estimated by police to have come just to "be there" -- probably knowing better than I that one can't see anything from the WTC surroundings. However, as you can see, those who came were the "common people" who weren't important enough to be granted "pit passes" for the day: Ironworkers, sanitation workers, EMS and firefirefighters, and former WTC workers lucky enough to have made it out alive. People who lost friends. And the people who, like me, are intensely sad for those who have lost so much to those who hate America so much. The people who seemed to understand it best were those who came with yahrtziet candles and rosary beads, and I saw so many people holding them, both at Ground Zero and at Central Park.
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