09/11/2011 05:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

9/11 Memorial Speeches: Politicians Read At Ceremonies In New York, Washington, D.C. (VIDEO)

The AP has footage of President Obama and other high-profile politicos speaking at 9/11 anniversary ceremonies in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Obama read a passage from the Bible, while former President Bush joined him in New York to read a letter sent by Abraham Lincoln to a woman who lost five sons in the Civil War.

In the nation's capital, Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to those who lost loved ones during the attacks on the Pentagon.

WATCH the speeches below: