There were a total of 2,996 deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. The victims were distributed as follows: 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. All the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon. A total of 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. The New York City Fire Department lost 341 firefighters and 2 FDNY paramedics. The New York City Police Department lost 23 officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers, and 8 additional EMT’s and paramedics from private EMS units were killed. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center.* (Wikipedia)
"COMFORT IN TEARS"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How happens it that thou art sad,
While happy all appear?
Thine eye proclaims too well that thou
Hast wept full many a tear.
“If I have wept in solitude,
None other shares my grief,
And tears to me sweet balsam are,
And give my heart relief.”
Thy happy friends invite thee now,–
Oh come, then, to our breast!
And let the loss thou hast sustain’d
Be there to us confess’d!
“Ye shout, torment me, knowing not
What ’tis afflicteth me;
Ah no! I have sustained no loss,
Whate’er may wanting be.”
If so it is, arise in haste!
Thou’rt young and full of life.
At years like thine, man’s blest with strength.
And courage for the strife.
“Ah no! in vain ‘twould be to strive,
The thing I seek is far;
It dwells as high, it gleams as fair
As yonder glitt’ring star.”
The stars we never long to clasp,
We revel in their light,
And with enchantment upward gaze,
Each clear and radiant night.
“And I with rapture upward gaze,
On many a blissful day;
Then let me pass the night in tears,
Till tears are wip’d away!
On every successive anniversary, in New York City, the names of the victims who died at that location are read out against a background of somber music. The President of the United States attends a memorial service at the Pentagon. Smaller services are held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.