10th anniversary of 9/11 attack marked by 911 memorial

September 12th, 2011 - 9:54 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Sept 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The United States marked the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history on Sunday. More than 3,000 people were killed and several others injured when 19 Islamic extremists hijacked 4 commercial planes and struck various targets in the United States. Most of the casualties were at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

A commemorative event was held in New York to mark the anniversary. At the place which has become known as Ground Zero, US President Barack Obama read verses from the Bible to assure Americans that they are not alone in the tragedy. Former President George W. Bush who was the leader of the country when the incident happened also chose to read a letter from Abraham Lincoln during the event.

Obama read the texts from Psalm 46 when he was giving his speech at the event. The President’s chosen scriptures start like, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

No religious figures were invited to the event with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stating that the event was not a religious one. Rudy Giuliani who was the mayor when the incident happened also read from the Bible. Former President Bush mentioned God when he read the letter that Lincoln sent to the woman who lost five children during the Civil War in the 1860s.

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