NEW YORK, NY – President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush, head of the White House in 2001, have gathered in New York at the memorial of the attacks of Sept. 11, at the very spot where stood the World Trade Center on Sunday morning.
Barack Obama and George W. Bush, accompanied by their wives Michelle and Laura, were taken before the Memorial pools with curbs on which are inscribed the names of some 2,900 victims killed in the attacks in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and the crash of Flight United 93 in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (east).
A choir of young people sang the American national anthem before a brief speech of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Then the first one minute of silence was observed at 8:46 to the exact time the first hijacked aircraft struck the north tower of World Trade Center. Obama read Psalm 46 from the Bible before reading the names of the victims.
The ceremonies took place under heavy security, following the announcement this week by U.S. authorities of information “specific, credible, but unconfirmed,” about a possible terrorist attack in New York and Washington, the two cities under ten years ago.