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Triangle Residents Gather At State Capitol For Prayer Vigil

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RALEIGH — As the nation mourned with somber prayers and patriotic hymns at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Triangle residents gathered at the State Capitol for their own vigil.

Gov. Mike Easley and other dignitaries gathered at the State Capitol building in downtown Raleigh for a prayer vigil to remember the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

"Now is the time to stand together not only as one North Carolina and one America," Easley said.

"Structures will rise again in New York. The Pentagon will be rebuilt. Those who were slaughtered go on to eternity, which all of us will share with them one day," said Rep. Dan Blue. "They can tear down those structures, but regardless of what they do, they cannot tear down the American spirit."

Many people wore red, white and blue ribbons and held American flags as they bowed their heads and had a moment of silence for the fallen victims.

State employees added their names to the book of condolence. People will sign the book over the next couple of weeks before it is sent to President Bush.

State employees are also weighing in with their pocketbooks. Donations will be accepted at all state employees credit union branch locations.


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