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NYC Remembers 15th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

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The U.S. marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, with victims' relatives reading their names and reflecting on a loss that still felt as immediate to them as it was indelible for the nation

Relatives and loved ones of 9/11 victims convened Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks.

The gathering is at once familiar and unique, CBS2’s Lou Young reported. With the passage of years, the commemoration becomes increasingly instructive.

“Already there are young people in high school for whom 9/11 is not a lived memory, it’s already past history for them,” Alice Greenwald, 9/11 Museum director, said.

Part of exploring that past history is to speak with those of us who were there then. People like Joseph Herbert, a deputy chief with the NYPD now working exclusively on counterterrorism.

“It was my introduction to terrorism, the attacks on 9/11 — the bodies, the pain, the agony,” Herbert said. “It was very difficult. It’s difficult for me to come back here. Being here today brings back all the emotion, the pain and the the heartache.”

American Airlines pilot Jack Deblase, of California, lost friends who were aboard the airplanes 15 years ago, WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported. It took him nearly 15 years to have the strength to come back here.

“It’s hard for me to actually watch it on television or any of the events on it,” Deblase said.

“My brothers and sisters that served this city dedicated themselves, and I don’t let nobody ever forget these men and women who perished,” another mourner, who lost friends who worked as FDNY responders, told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern.

President Barack Obama, speaking at the Pentagon memorial service, praised America's diversity and urged Americans not to let their enemies divide them.

Clinton Attends 9/11 Anniversary Service at Ground Zero

"Our patchwork heritage is not a weakness — it is still and always will be one of our greatest strengths," Obama said. "This is the America that was attacked that September morning. This is the America that we must remain true to."

After going to her daughter's nearby apartment, Clinton left shortly before noon and said, "I'm feeling great." Her campaign offered no additional details, including whether the 68-year-old Clinton had required medical attention.

Republican rival Donald Trump's supporters have repeatedly questioned Clinton's health. Trump, who was also at the ceremony for a time, was asked later about Clinton's health incident and said only: "I don't know anything about it."