It's a breezy,fair day with blue skies and the sound of singing could be heard coming from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
The singing is from a ceremony held in remembrance and mourning of the lives lost that terrible day last September.
It is the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 incident that struck an appalling blow to our nation and startled the world,and like the Lincoln Memorial,many monuments and churches will be holding ceremonies throughout the day.
With FBI warnings of possible terrorist attacks at monuments and ceremonies in New York and Washington,D. C.,the question of security and safety fill the minds of many Americans.
Many Washington and New York newspapers have reported the use of ground-to-air missiles scattered through out the nation's capital,along with fighter jets scrambled to patrol the sky above.
This leaves many Washington residents and tourists wondering how safe are they on this day of mourning and harsh reminder.
“There has been somewhat of a decline in visitors all an around but we still get plenty of tourist flow coming to the memorials and monuments,” said Carolyn Lyles,bookstore manager at the Lincoln Memorial.
“If I didn't feel safe though,I wouldn't be at work right now.”
For many others as well,safety was not the main concern on their minds but rather the impact of the today's constant reminder of the 3,025 lives lost.
Gareth Tucker,25,of New Zealand, tries to deal with the tragedy that Americans are dealing with for their fellow patriots who lost a loved one.
“I feel such sympathy for Americans and at the same time I can not comprehend what they must feel and the pain they go through.”
Others traveling from within the states like Mike Lackey,41,from Texas,are proud to be visiting Washington,D.C.,on this day because of the impact it bears.
“It's a chance for me to come and reflect on what my country has gone through. Being here,(in Washington,D.C.),and seeing all the ceremonies and flags,it makes me feel good to be a part of this country.”
With enormous flags hung from building tops and the hues of red,white and blue scattered throughout the city streets,many government officials believe it is essential to carry on with their day-to-day business with out exploitation of fear or threat of safety.
At Capitol Hill,Congress had no intention of dismissing their session on 9/11,according to a press conference with Majority House Leader Dick Armey on Tuesday.
Security guards have been asked not to discuss or reveal any information on heightened security, but business on the Hill was expected to be as usual.
“Congress made it clear that they want and will be in session,” said Armey (R-Texas).