Moving events mark 9/11

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A FORMER Birkenshaw resident who now lives in New York has described the moving scenes that marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre.

Inez Robertson, who lives in Beekman Street, near the new One World Trade Centre building, said: “Lower Manhattan was jam-packed with thouands of tourists, visitors and victims’ family members from all over the country, many of them anxious to visit a memorial that was a decade in the waiting.

“The whole country was together praying and re-living it all.

“The morning of this 9/11 was the same as it had been during the last 10 years – a beautiful sunny morning, blue sky and not a cloud.

“It was a very emotional and sad day, as you can imagine, and everyone still finds it a very difficult and troubling day, because it brings it all back still after 10 years, it’s hard to take in that it’s that long.”

As in previous years the names of the victims of the attack were read out – more than 3,000 of them.

Inez, who was also living in New York at the time of the attack, visited Ground Zero and said the queues of people waiting to get in to see the 9/11 memorial were ‘huge’.

“Southbridge Towers, where we live, planted a tree for the 10th anniversary and will be putting a plaque there soon to also honour the people from Southbridge Towers who died,” she said.

“They also had red, white and blue decorations all around the complex, which looked very pretty.”

Inez sent the Spenborough Guardian a photograph of the new One World Trade Centre being built.

When completed it will be 1,776 feet tall, to commemorate the year of American Independence, and will be the tallest building in North America.