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America Stands Still To Remember 9/11


Ten years after the terror attacks that shocked the world, the United States of America literally stood still as victims of the September 11, 2011 terror attacks were remembered.

Exactly ten years ago, nineteen members of the Al-Quaeda terrorist organisation hijacked four airplanes in the United States, three of which were crashed into buildings, namely the World Trade Centre and Pentagon, the country’s defence Headquarters.  The fourth crashed in Pennsylvania. 2,753 people were killed in the attacks.

Memorial services were held at the Pentagon, Ground Zero, where the Twin Towers once stood and in Pennsylvania. And for the first time, President Barrack Obama and former President George Bush attended the remembrance together as they stood side by side to honour the victims.

President Obama read a psalm before the thousands of mourners and family members of the victims of the 2001 attacks while former President Bush read a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to an American civil war widow.

A memorial has been built on Ground Zero with the names of all those who died in the terror attack inscribed on it.

One of the high points of the memorial service was the reading aloud of the names of all the victims of the attacks. Family members betrayed emotions as they read names of their loved ones and spoke glowingly about them.

While addressing the people, President Obama assured on the resolve to continue to protect Americans against terrorism as he said “We’re doing everything in our power to protect our people. No matter what comes our way, as a resilient nation, we will carry on.”


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