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United States remembers 9/11 ten years on

media U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former president … Reuters/Justin Lane

US President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W Bush together attended ceremonies at the site of the destroyed Twin Towers in New York for the first time as the US remembered the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that shook the world.

 

They were joined by victims’ family members, New York Major Michael Bloomberg and his predecessor Rudolph Giuliani who led the city a decade ago. Unlike in previous years, the ritual reading of the names of the dead took place against the backdrop of a new, three-quarter-built One World Trade Center.

Sunday will also see the dedication of a monument of massive fountains sunk into the footprints of the formers towers with the names of the dead written in bronze around the edges.

In addition to the carefully stage-managed Ground Zero ceremony, Obama will also go to other crash sites at the Pentagon and Shanksville Pennsylvania were one of the four hijacked planes fell into a field.

Every year on 11 September, the US pays homage at Ground Zero where 2,753 of the days 2,977 victims died in the collapse of the iconic World Trade Center towers.

Sunday’s events come amid tight security with heavily armed police squads and bomb sniffing dogs across New York while motorists in some areas have been forced to go through check points.

Many ceremonies to mark the tenth anniversary are taking place around the world from New Zealand to Russia and Paris.

 

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