Emotional ceremonies have been held at the sites where hijacked planes were crashed on September 11th, 2001, in New York, killing nearly 3,000 people. One minute of silence was observed at Ground Zero with the tribute beginning at exactly the time the first airliner slammed into one of the twin towers five years ago.
Ceremonies have also been held at the Pentagon in Washington and the field in Pennsylvania where ‘Flight 93’ crashed. The names of all of the victims of the attacks were read out in moving tributes by relatives. The anniversary has heightened election-year debate over whether the US is safer or more vulnerable in the aftermath of the attacks. President Bush was at Ground Zero for a prayer service on Sunday night, and on Monday he visited firefighters in New York, before moving on to Shanksville in Pennsylvania.