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Time cannot ease the pain of 9/11, says Obama

Video by Florence VILLEMINOT

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-09-12

Remembrance services in the US marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in which almost 3,000 people were killed. US President Barack Obama vowed the nation would 'never falter' in its pursuit of terrorism.

Commemorations for the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were held in New York and Washington, as US President Barack Obama pledged to continue the country’s efforts to combat terrorism.

Eight years ago almost 3,000 people were killed when two airliners, piloted by al Qaeda terrorists, smashed into New York’s iconic World Trade Center skyscrapers, the Twin Towers.

Vice-President Joseph Biden and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg attended commemorative events at the “Ground Zero” site. The sound of bagpipes and drums mingled with rain as the crowd of mourners, police, firefighters, servicemen and officials gathered for the annual ceremony.

Bloomberg said the day should also be remembered for the many who volunteered to help in the aftermath of the attack, including the 343 firefighters who perished under the collapsing Twin Towers.

"Their compassion and selfless acts are etched into our city's history," Bloomberg said.

As every year, relatives of the dead and other volunteers took turns to read out the names of all the dead, and moments of silence were observed at the exact times the two planes struck and the towers fell down.

Powerful lights are to send two beams skyward from the site at nightfall.




US 'will never falter' in the pursuit of Al-Qaeda


US President Barack Obama paid tribute to the victims in a speech at the Pentagon, where a third hijacked plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed. "No turning of the seasons can diminish the pain and the loss of that day," Obama said at the solemn memorial service.

"No passage of time, no dark skies can ever dull the meaning of this moment.” But the president also pledged that the United States would never falter in its battle against al Qaeda and called for new national resolve on the tragic anniversary.

"Let us renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act and who plot against us still," he told the crowd gathered outside the Pentagon military headquarters.

"In pursuit of Al-Qaeda and its extremist allies, we will never falter," said Obama, who has taken a strategic decision to escalate the increasingly unpopular war against the Taliban and al Qaeda remnants in Afghanistan.


Date created : 2009-09-11

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