OT World Remembers September 11th

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OT World Remembers September 11th

Postby lorien1 » Thu Sep 11, 2003 6:46 pm

World remembers September 11
2003-09-11 16:33:48

The second anniversary of September 11 has been marked with special services across the world.

In New York, the names of 2,792 people killed at the World Trade Centre were read out by children related to those who perished in the attacks.

The ceremony drew thousands of victims' relatives to Manhattan's Financial District where the twin towers once stood.

Relatives walked down a ramp to the bottom of the 16-acre site to lay flowers.

Silence and the tolling of bells punctuated the catastrophic events of 8.46am (1.46pm London time) and 9.03am when hijackers crashed two passenger planes into the 110-storey buildings.

Moments of silence were observed in New York at 9.59am and 10.29am, the times when each tower crumbled to the ground.

In London, Princess Anne opened a memorial garden dedicated to the 67 British victims of the attacks and laid a white rose in front of a pavilion which bears three bronze plaques.

The plaques are inscribed with the names of the British victims, those from UK overseas territories and dual nationals.

Dame Judi Dench gave a reading at the service in Grosvenor Square, opposite the US embassy, which was attended by victims' relatives, US Ambassador William Farish and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.

In the centre of the garden is a memorial stone dedicated to all those who lost their lives, bearing the text of the Henry Van Dyke poem "For Katrina's Sun-dial".

A section of steel girder from one of the World Trade Centre towers which has been preserved in resin has also been buried in the garden.

President George W Bush and top aides on began a day of commemoration with a church service of remembrance and prayers.

"We remember lives lost. We remember the heroic deeds. We remember the compassion, the decency of our fellow citizens on that terrible day," President Bush said after attending the service at St John's Church near the White House.

One poll last month revealed 56 per cent of New Yorkers disapprove of Bush's handling of the "war on terror."

One family group, 'September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows' said politicians have politicised the anniversary.
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