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September 11 commemorations draw to close

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September 11 commemorations draw to close


Ceremonies have taken place throughout the world to remember those who died in the September 11 attacks. The ceremonies, which began on Sunday night, evoked painful memories of the day five years ago when al Qaeda hijackers used passenger jets to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and seized a fourth plane which crashed before it could reach its target. US President George W. Bush began his day at New York’s Pitt Firehouse, which lost one firefighter on September 11. Later, came a roll-call of sorrow, as relatives read out the names of the 2,749 who died when the Twin Towers fell.

Bush also travelled to Shanksville in Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 plunged to the ground after passengers overcame the hijackers before it could hit its target in Washington. At the Pentagon, where 184 died, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stood to attention as bagpipes played “Amazing Grace.”

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