US marks 14th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks

2015-09-11 08:00
A police officer (R) and others walk in the streets covered in debris near the World Trade Centre towers 11 September 2001, in New York. (File: AFP)

A police officer (R) and others walk in the streets covered in debris near the World Trade Centre towers 11 September 2001, in New York. (File: AFP)

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New York (dpa) - The United States marks 14 years since the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, with ceremonies on Friday including a memorial service at the newly opened visitor centre at the rural Pennsylvania site where one of four hijacked airliners crashed.

Moments of silence will be held nationwide to commemorate the deadliest terrorist attacks ever on US soil, which killed 2 977 people.

On September 11 2001, extremists on suicide missions hijacked four passenger jets, turning the aircraft into guided missiles against the two World Trade Centre towers in New York and the Pentagon defence headquarters outside Washington.

A new memorial, which opened on Thursday, honours the victims of United Airlines flight 93, the fourth plane seized in the plot, which passengers apparently crashed on a field in Pennsylvania to thwart an attack on Washington.

The Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Centre, located just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, pays tribute to the 40 passengers and crew who died at the site, which is also the final resting place of the victims.

The plane was downed 20 minutes outside Washington, where it is believed that the terrorists wanted to crash the plane into a target of the highest value, suspected to be either the Capitol, where Congress meets, or the White House, where the president lives and works.

In New York, a ceremony is planned at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, where family members will read the names of victims of the 2001 attacks and those killed in the 1993 terrorist bombing at the World Trade Centre.

In Washington, services will be held for victims' families at the Pentagon Memorial.

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