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USS Constitution Will Fire Its Cannons To Salute 9/11 Victims

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BOSTON (AP) — The world’s oldest commissioned warship is honoring victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by firing its guns four times, each time coinciding with the minute of impact of each of the four airplanes used in the assaults 10 years ago.

The USS Constitution’s saluting battery in Boston will fire its guns starting at 8:46 a.m. Sunday, the moment the first of two jets hijacked from Boston’s Logan International Airport hit the World Trade Center in New York City.

It will fire the last time at 10:03 a.m., when the fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

U.S. sailors will play taps four times.

The ceremony honors the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pa.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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