Six years on, solemn ceremonies have been held in the United States to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people. At the White House, President George W. Bush paid tribute to the victims. There was a memorial service at the Pentagon, hosted by Defence Secretary Robert Gates.
September 11 has fallen on a Tuesday again for the first time since 2001. Rudy Giuliani, then New York’s mayor and now a presidential hopeful, was among those who gathered close to the World Trade Center site. It is now a construction zone, so, in a change from previous ceremonies, New York’s tribute took place in a nearby park. Surviving firefighters and other rescue workers read out the names of those who died.
Six years after hijacked passenger planes destroyed the Twin Towers, damaged the Pentagon and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, the pain remains raw for many of those who lost loved ones.