The Straits Times
Published on Sep 11, 2012

US marks more low-key 9/11 anniversary


NEW YORK (AFP) - Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in a somber, but more low key mood as memory of the cataclysm gradually fades.

As every year, relatives of the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijacked airliners slammed into New York's World Trade Center gathered at Ground Zero to read the names of the dead.

This year, though, no politicians were joining in the reading and security was less intense, in contrast to the 10th anniversary last year when President Barack Obama headed a long list of VIPs at the ceremony.

Ms June Pollicino, who lost her husband on 9/11, told AFP: "I feel much more relaxed. After the ninth anniversary, those next days it started building up to the 10th anniversary. This year it's different in that regard. It's another anniversary we can celebrate in a discreet way."