WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- At 8:46 this morning, members of the White House staff, from Cabinet members to janitors, fell silent.
They, along with the president, marked the moment a jetliner slammed into the World Trade Center six years ago.
Among those crowding onto the White House lawn was former chief of staff Andrew Card, the man who broke the news to Bush on the day of the attacks.
The president didn't speak. The Marine band, stationed behind him on the South Portico, played "God Bless America." And then he and the first lady walked inside. The ceremony has been repeated every year since the attacks.
The president began the day at a prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church. The Reverend Luis Leon said religious faiths have their differences, but they all strive for peace, love and justice.