Americans plan solemn ceremonies for 12th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

By REUTERS
September 10, 2013 21:42

NEW YORK- Americans will commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with solemn ceremonies and pledges to not forget the nearly 3,000 killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field.

The 12th anniversary on Wednesday may not capture the same attention as others, such as two years ago, when the 10th anniversary was also the first following the death of Osama bin Laden from a May 2011 raid by US forces in Pakistan.

New York City, still scarred from the attacks that brought down the Twin Towers, will repeat the ritual of reading of the names of the 2,983 people who died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Nineteen hijackers also died in the attacks later claimed by bin Laden and al-Qaida, leading directly to the US war in Afghanistan and indirectly to the invasion of Iraq.


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