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World Leaders Express Support On 9/11 Anniversary

Prague, 11 September 2002 (RFE/RL) -- People across Europe and other parts of the world expressed solidarity with the United States today on the first anniversary of the 11 September terrorist attacks as U.S. President George W. Bush spoke at a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Across Europe, people observed a moment of silence at the same minute the first hijacked plane hit New York's World Trade Center last year.

In Paris, two beams of light pierced the sky in a symbolic re-creation of New York's fallen twin towers,

European Commission President Romano Prodi said that the hijackers who crashed four planes in the United States one year ago struck at the values of freedom, peace, and democracy.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the European parliament building in Brussels for a flag-raising ceremony conducted by U.S. Marines.

Also in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General George Robertson stressed the importance of global unity in the fight against terrorism, but warned that it is not over.

In Washington, President Bush says America will win the war on terrorism and vanquish those who intend to harm the nation.

Bush spoke at the Pentagon today on the anniversary of a terror attack last 11 September that killed more than 180 people there. The president will also visit Pennsylvania and New York, sites of the other suicide hijackings. In all, the attacks killed more than 3,000 people.

Speaking solemnly under bright skies, Bush said the nation will never forget the victims, those who lost relatives and friends. He pledged to renew America's commitment to win the war. Bush said there is a great deal left to do to defeat terror.

"What happened to our nation on a September day set in motion the first great struggle of the new century. The enemies that struck us are determined and they are resourceful. They will not be stopped by a sense of decency or a hint of conscience. But they will be stopped."

The president noted that the Pentagon, severely damaged by the impact of the jetliner and a subsequent fire, has been largely restored.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also spoke at the commemoration. Rumsfeld said the battle was still unfolding between free people and forces that seek to plunge the world into the darkness of tyranny.

In Latvia's capital Riga, Mozart's Requiem was performed as part of a rolling chorus begun earlier today in New Zealand.

Latvian Prime Minister Andris Berzins said that "all the world's honest people [stand] together with America and her people."

In Australia, 3,000 people dressed in red, white, and blue gathered on a beach to form a human American flag.

In New York, at exactly the moment when the attacks began, the city of New York observed a moment of silence at the site where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. They were brought down by two jetliners that had been hijacked by terrorists.

Then, family members of the dead and dignitaries began reading the names of the 2,801 victims from that attack. The reading took about two and half hours. Among those who read the names are former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

A third ceremony is scheduled for Pennsylvania, where a fourth hijacked plane carrying 40 people crashed. That plane was believed to have been headed for another target in Washington. Officials says it was brought down by passengers who fought the terrorists.

Bush is to visit all three disaster sites today, traveling from the Pentagon first to Pennsylvania, then to New York. Bush will address the nation tonight to remind Americans that they remain strong and free despite the attacks.