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10 years on, US looks back

(Global Times)

08:34, September 13, 2011

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks drew global attention as media and analysts tried to summarize how the world had changed in the past decade and assess the gains and losses made in the war on terror.

US President Barack Obama, along with his predecessor, George W. Bush, jointly attended a ceremony Saturday at the National September 11th Memorial built on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Obama read Psalm 46 from the Bible, which was chosen for its message of perseverance.

Bush quoted an 1864 letter by Abraham Lincoln to a Massachusetts mother who lost five sons in the Civil War, which highlighted their sacrifice in saving the Republic.

Families of the victims of the attacks clutched each other and cried in front of the names of their loved ones inscribed on bronze panels at the site, which has two reflecting pools lying within the footprints of the twin towers.

As usual, all the names of the nearly 3,000 victims were read out during the ceremony.

In Washington, where American Airlines Flight 77 plunged into the Pentagon during the attacks, Obama delivered a speech to encourage Americans to look to the future with “hearts full of hope.”

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