UK joins US in remembering 9/11

In London, families of some of the 67 British victims gathered for a service at Grosvenor Chapel and a ceremony was held at St Paul`s Cathedral.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2011, 00:15 AM IST

London: Remembrance services were held
across Britain for those who died in the September 11 attacks
on the US, which included 67 Britons, on a day that sent many
including Prime Minister David Cameron in a tizzy over the
fate of their kin.

For a while, Cameron could not contact his wife,
Samantha, who was in New York on the day.

In London, families of some of the 67 British victims
gathered for a service at Grosvenor Chapel and a ceremony was
held at St Paul`s Cathedral. Wreaths are to be laid at the
September 11 Memorial Garden near the US embassy.

Foreign Secretary William Hague paid tribute to the
"courage and dignity" of the US and victims of other attacks,
including the 2005 London bombings.

US ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman, said Americans had
reacted with strength to the terror attacks. He told BBC: "The
big thing that we`ve seen is the incredible resiliency of the
American people and people around the world. We don`t live in
fear, our societies move forward, our businesses work.

He added: "So we`ll never forget this day, it`s a moment
which we feel confident that, whatever we did, we protected
America and in some places the world."

In the evening, there will be a service at Westminster
Abbey. Members of the UK`s Firefighters Memorial Trust will
lay a wreath in memory of the 343 members of New York`s fire
department killed while responding to the attacks.

Services are also planned at Birmingham Cathedral and
there will be events in Plymouth and at Truro Cathedral and
Exeter Cathedral.

A minute`s silence will take place at the Rick Rescorla
memorial in Hayle, Cornwall. Rescorla, 62, who grew up in the
town and was a security manager for a firm in the Twin Towers,
died after leading more than 2,000 people to safety.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who was
in Manhattan just two blocks away from the World Trade Center
when the South Tower collapsed, told BBC Radio 2`s Sunday
Programme about his memories.

He said: "I don`t think anybody at that moment started
thinking `maybe I`ve got my faith wrong`, the question was
what do I do with my faith? And I think that was one of the
deep moments, that everybody just wanted to pray together. And
we did that as we heard the unforgettable noise of the first
tower coming down."

PTI

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