Jewish Americans joined both protesters and counter protesters. David Hershbaum of Arlington, Va., supported the protest and read a verse from Psalms on stage while David Little of Florida - who flew in for the event - held an Israeli flag in opposition.
Christians, too, spoke against fear and against post-9/11 policies. West loudly said "I love Jesus" and retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard spoke about working with Muslim and Jewish clerics to receive the remains of 9/11 victims in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
"Silence is a parenthesis around these occasions," Packard said, expressing his satisfaction that this year was different. He welcomed the counter protesters and offered a prayer. "Oh God, Allah, we thank you for this day, as hot as it is," he said.