9/11 tributes - best of the web

By NZ Herald staff

A ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center commemorates 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Photo / AP
A ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center commemorates 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Photo / AP

Newspapers, news websites and television news networks from around the world have dedicated their leads to the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks in America.

On the front page of the New York Times features a close up image of names of the deceased engraved on the new memorial pools at Ground Zero, accompanied with the text "The reckoning: A decade after 9/11". Underneath is a story about the more than 75 people who died from the Rockaway Peninsula community in Queens - one of the heaviest tolls from any one enclave - victims ranging from fire fighters to Wall Street traders.

The lead on the paper's website reads "A day that stands alone", with a gallery of images from around the US of people mourning and commemorating the lives lost 10 years ago.

"Just as Sept 11 was unthinkable, Sunday was inevitable: the 10th anniversary of a day that stands alone. In history. In memory."

Today's New York Post simply reads "Today is for them - the victims of 9/11", with a full page image of the memorial reflecting pools in New York.

The paper's website leads with the headline "A day to remember", with a child creating a rubbing from the plaque of the name of a lost loved one.

"It was a moment of silence heard all over the world," the first line of the lead read.

USA Today's website has been coloured black with an image in the centre showing three people walking the streets of New York - two drapped in the star spangled banner, with the headline "9/11 marked with tributes and tears".

"Politicians quoted the Bible and Lincoln as victims' families attended memorial services, some for the first time in years, on this 10th anniversary."

The Fox News website quotes vice president Joe Biden in its lead headline "America Remembers Terror Victims, Honors '9/11 Generation of Warriors", with an image of a man praying at the Twin Towers memorial, surrounded by American flags.

The UK's Guardian website leads with "America remembers the victims of 9/11 with tributes and tears".

"The day began exactly as it did on that fateful date 10 years ago: under a crystal-clear sky that heightened the colours of the city and made the surrounding skyscrapers sparkle. But despite the auspiciousness of the morning, there was no doubting its sombreness."

Israeli website Haaretz dedicated an editorial to the tragedy, headlined 'On this 9/11, we're all American'.

"People all over the world associated the World Trade Center with New York, with the American dream, and also in many respects with their own dreams," it started.

The Sydney Morning Herald website also has an image of New York's new memorial, with an image of the a man kneeling and kissing the plaque with the headline "America marks day of loss".

On French website Le Monde the lead headline reads "L'hommage Americain aux victimes du 11-Septembre" - "The tribute to US victims of Sept 11", with the first line of the story reading "Sobriety, unity, devotion".

Pan-Arab news network al Jazeera is carrying a number of opinion pieces on the anniversary, including one from Tom Engelhardt which called for an end to 9/11 memorial ceremonies entitled "Let's forget 9/11".

"Memory is usually so important, but in this case we would have been better off with oblivion. It's time to truly inter not the dead, but the worst urges in American life since 9/11 and the ceremonies which, for a decade, have gone with them. Better to bury all of that at sea with bin Laden and then mourn the dead, each in our own way, in silence and, above all, in peace."

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