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Rex Tillerson pays tribute to 9/11 victims

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Rex Tillerson pays tribute to 9/11 victims

Even as the US continues to grapple with the trail of destruction being left behind by two ravaging hurricanes in less than three weeks, Americans marked the 16th anniversary of the deadly September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on US soil.The World Trade Centre, once the epicentre of finance and business, was flattened by the horrifying and tragic attacks of September 11, which also saw hijacked planes crash into the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on that fateful day.Each year, thousands come to pay their respects and offer prayers, or simply stand silent at the site, known as “ground zero.” This scene was also repeated on Monday – September 11 – when the nation paid homage to the victims of the two terrorist attacks at the World Trade Centre site.Nearly a thousand people – relatives, friends and even foreign tourists – gathered on Monday at the site, with many holding pictures and carrying names of their loved ones who perished in the two horrifying attacks carried out by terrorists 16 years ago.The solemn occasion started with a moment of silence with bells chiming in the background, and relatives and others reading out names of the almost 3,000 victims killed in the deadliest terrorist attacks carried out on US soil.One woman, who insisted on remaining anonymous, told Bernama in a cracking voice that it was difficult for her to imagine that 16 years had already passed since she lost a relative “without having an opportunity to see him one final moment.”Even as the annual September 11 commemoration turns into something of a ritual, many are using it as a means to reflect and pray that the world, fraught with violence and the perils of extremism, will witness a period of peace and harmony.“I hope this immense loss of human life would force people to think of the uniqueness of our planet – that there is no other place for us to live, but here,” the lady said, overcome by emotion

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