US commemorates September 11 attacks
NEW YORK (AP):
The annual September 11 commemoration ceremony in the United States started with the tolling of a bell and a moment of silence to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The private anniversary ceremony is being held at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum plaza.
The tribute has centered on reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the 2001 attacks, as well as recognising the six people killed in the 1993 trade center bombing.
A few minutes before 9 a.m. EDT today, US President Barack Obama emerged from the White House with his wife, Michelle, and Vice-president Joe Biden to observe a moment of silence.
Scores of White House staff joined the Obamas and Biden for the solemn moments under partly cloudy skies on the South Lawn of the White House.
They heard the playing of "Taps" there before returning to the Executive Mansion for a short time before heading to the Pentagon for a service there.
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