Changed US marks 10 years since 9/11

2011-09-11 17:46

New York - President Barack Obama and former President George W Bush stood in silence on Sunday and a bell rang twice on the precise moment 10 years after the first hijacked jetliner struck the World Trade Centre.

Obama read Psalm 46 that reminds the faithful that God is a refuge and strength that dwells in "his city."

Former President George W Bush read a Civil War letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a mother who lost all five of her sons.

As cellist Yo Yo Ma played a mournful background, relatives of the September 11 dead began entering a transformed ground zero, the centrepiece of a day of remembrance around the US and world to mark 10 years since the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

The heart of the ceremony to consecrate the memorial began with the reading of the names of nearly 3 000 people who died in the attacks.

The anniversary revived memories of a September morning when terrorists crashed hijacked planes into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed into a field in rural western Pennsylvania.

The memorial opens to the public on Monday.

It sits next to a construction project where office towers, a transportation hub and a cultural centre are taking shape. The signature skyscraper, One World Trade Centre, is rising quickly and will be the tallest in the country when completed.

The relatives - some in solemn, black suits, others in fire department T-shirts - crowded into a space in front of a podium where Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Bush and his wife, Laura, watched solemnly above the memorial. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg served as master of ceremonies.

At sunrise, an American flag fluttered over six stories of the rising 1 World Trade Centre. The sky was clear blue with scattered white clouds and a light breeze, not unlike the Tuesday morning 10 years ago.

The site was utterly changed from previous 9/11 anniversaries. Along with the names in bronze on the monument, there were two manmade waterfalls where the towers once stood. Dozens of white oak trees competed for sunlight with surrounding skyscrapers.

Remembrances around the nation and world were planned to mark a decade of longing for loved ones lost in the attack.

  • AceOfSpades - 2011-09-11 18:59

    My magic man in the sky is better than your magic man in the sky. How pathetic.

      Philosopher - 2011-09-11 19:11

      Quite fitting. A religious ritual to commemorate an act of religiously inspired violence.

      Messenger - 2011-09-12 08:43

      You guys are pathetic. There was a reading from the Bible, and you call it a "religious ritual".

  • SP - 2011-09-11 19:18

    One World Trade Centre? Oh sh*t

  • Muffyforu - 2011-09-11 20:35

    So what about the tens of thousands of innocent civilians the USA have murdered in other countries? In the eyes of most americas the lives of non americans have less value. F*ck em they deserved it

      Libertadores - 2011-09-11 21:18


      Benzo - 2011-09-11 22:05

      very valid comment. How many Iraqis and Afghanistans have died since 9/11 in the search for Obama? How much nuclear waste has been bombed there and is still deforming new born babies? Why did US not sign the international treaty to bring war criminals to justice?? Remember..."weapons of mass destruction" were never found in Iraq. Bush and Blair, where are you now???

      slg - 2011-09-11 22:24

      Exactly where and when are you talking about? If you're talking about Iraq and Afghanistan, the murders of civilians have been by Al-Quaeda and the Taliban with their suicide attacks and car bombs. Everyone with a brain knows this. It is only ignorant people like yourselves, or those with twisted, destructive agendas, also like yourselves who think otherwise. Carry on like this and you will be more and more alienated and isolated. It's your choice of course. People are hardly responding anymore.

      Law01 - 2011-09-11 22:25

      Muffy: What is even worse is that their own Government was behind the attacks, enough evidence points to it, however there is not a single piece of solid evidence to prove Al-qaeda was resposible for 911. The AMERICAN Judiciary is messed up anyway so they will never find Bush & his cronies even if they charge them which will never happen.

      slg - 2011-09-12 04:34

      You're swaying "evidence" to support your own twisted and wrong beliefs.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-09-12 12:52

    SLG - it is you who is wrong and has messed up beliefs, I am not only talking about Iraq and AFG, I am talking about Somalia, vietnam, all the deaths brought caused by the american support of the Iran Iraq war. he invade sorereign coountries, on the pretext of regime change when they see fit but only those countries have oil.Yet they leave countries with equally evil dictators, but who dont have oil such as Zim and myanmar alone. It stinks Wake up idiot, the sooner you figure out what really goes o[n in the world the better of you will be. I hope something similar to 9/11 happens to the good old USA again soon

      slg - 2011-09-12 17:01

      Just goes to show how delusional and hate-filled you are.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-09-12 17:58

    @SLG ditto you w*nker, just shows how un educated you are.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-09-12 18:09

    @SLG - just read your firt comment again, i am not sure where you get you from but you should change sources. According to UN conservative figures more than 12 000 civilians wre put down a " collateral" damage during the first 3 years of USA's invasion to get rif of weapons of mas distruction!! which never existed but hey thats ok there was oil the good old US could get instesd Sure Al - Quaeda are an evil force who have also killed which also killed innocents. But you know what if another country invaded SA for no reason other that we have gold, diamonds and platinum i sure as hell would do my best to get rid of them. Al - Quaeda is wrong and evil but no more than the USA. Again i hope 9/11 happens all over again

  • louis.cheyne1 - 2011-09-13 07:24

    We need peace, constant altercation will not make the peacefull change we need in our beautiful world. I want to be the change we need, let's remember we are all brothers(and sisters). lot's of love and best wishes to all, Louis.

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