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US to mark 5th anniversary of 9/11

Solemn memorial ceremonies are set to be held at the 'Ground Zero,' where World Trade Center once stood.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 02:55 IST

The US marks the fifth anniversary of September 11 terror attacks on Monday amid scepticism about the war on terror as the mastermind of the strikes, Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, remained untraced and continued to issue threats against the country.

Solemn memorial ceremonies would be held here at 'Ground Zero,' where World Trade Center (WTC) once stood, to remember the victims who perished when hijackers slammed two passenger planes into the twin towers.

There is continuing trauma in the mind of many Americans about 9/11 attacks, in which another plane slammed into Pentagon and partially damaged the structure and a fourth jet crashed in Pennsylvania before hitting its intended target, the White House.

A total of 2,973 people were killed in the three crashes.

President George W Bush will lead the commemorations of the attacks at Ground Zero on Monday and later at Pennsylvania as also the Pentagon.

The start of the two-day ceremonies begins on Sunday with a wreath laying at Ground Zero.

Flags would be flown half-mast and Americans would observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM on Monday, the exact time when the first of the two jets struck WTC.

Bush will lay a wreath at Pennsylvania, where the third jet crashed after passengers fought with the hijackers, and then attend the Pentagon function.

The fateful day five years ago changed forever the daily lives of Americans as also the course of US history, leading Washington to launch the war on terror that started with ousting of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and continued to the US-led invasion of Iraq.

First Published: Sep 10, 2006 21:49 IST