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September 11 - 15 years on

September 11 - 15 years on
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By Catherine Hardy with Reuters
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Memorial services are being in the United States to mark the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the loss of life in Pennsylvania.

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The Fire Department of New York has held a memorial service to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

343 firefighters lost their lives when two hijacked passenger planes were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

Friends and relatives of those who died and survived the attacks gathered at New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

President Barack Obama sent a video message:

“The terrorist threat has evolved, as we’ve seen so tragically from Boston to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to Orlando. So in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond, we’ll stay relentless against terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL. We will destroy them and we’ll keep doing everything in our power to protect our homeland.”

September 11 - Now and then

In tweets

We’re broadcasting LIVE from StPatsNYC</a>. Follow along at <a href="https://t.co/RT9eDQ7lXR">https://t.co/RT9eDQ7lXR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverForget?src=hash">#NeverForget</a> <a href="https://t.co/vSeIC3VA4M">pic.twitter.com/vSeIC3VA4M</a></p>&mdash; FDNY (FDNY) September 10, 2016

343 flags are carried into StPatsNYC</a>. Watch live at <a href="https://t.co/RT9eDQ7lXR">https://t.co/RT9eDQ7lXR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverForget?src=hash">#NeverForget</a> <a href="https://t.co/dT60tafbCc">pic.twitter.com/dT60tafbCc</a></p>&mdash; FDNY (FDNY) September 10, 2016

See photos from #FDNY Sept 11 15th Anniversary Memorial Service at StPatsNYC</a> <a href="https://t.co/CmaJb7zUdi">https://t.co/CmaJb7zUdi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverForget?src=hash">#NeverForget</a> <a href="https://t.co/1l1SvwoZzf">pic.twitter.com/1l1SvwoZzf</a></p>&mdash; FDNY (FDNY) September 11, 2016

The Dept stops, our families come together, all of us as one strong family, & we honor those we lost -COD Leonard pic.twitter.com/Hxw7mG893v

— FDNY (@FDNY) September 10, 2016

We have a strong bond with our FDNY</a> colleagues. Our thoughts are with all those affected by 9/11 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverForget911?src=hash">#NeverForget911</a> <a href="https://t.co/h7s0it43HB">pic.twitter.com/h7s0it43HB</a></p>&mdash; London Fire Brigade (LondonFire) September 11, 2016

Washington remembers

Memorial services are being held across the United States to mark the anniversary.

In Washington on Friday, members of the US House of Representatives gathered on the steps outside the chamber for a remembrance ceremony.

They also sang “God Bless America”.

Recalling “that terrible day”, House Speaker Paul Ryan (Republican) praised the first responders “who went rushing into danger when the whole world was running away from it.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Democrat) told those assembled that because of the first responders’ heroic efforts, “Americans rose united” from the rubble of the attacks.

September 11, 2001

On Sept.11, 2001, four US commercial aeroplanes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers, as well as the Pentago building near Washington DC and a field in Pennsylvania.

Almost 3,000 people were killed.

What they are saying

“Today is meant to be an uplifting day, a sign of our determination to move forward,” – US Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson.

The federal government’s return to the World Trade Center sends a “message to the entire world that we will never, ever renounce our values or be afraid,” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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