Europeans To Mark 9-11
July 7, 2008
London (CNSNews.com) - Officials, religious leaders and ordinary people in countries around Europe and the world planned to honor the victims of last year's terrorist attacks on Wednesday with ceremonies and events scheduled throughout the day.
Many events were timed to coincide with American commemorations. About 2,000 invited guests will be on hand at London's St. Paul's Cathedral, which also hosted an emotional ceremony three days after Sept. 11 last year. More than 80 British citizens or people with close ties to the U.K. died in the attacks.
American concerns about security on the one-year anniversary of the attacks are shared by major European allies, and police presence has been stepped up around several public buildings and U.S. embassies.
Selected Sept. 11 events scheduled in Britain and Europe include the following.
-A minute of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time (early afternoon in Europe), the moment the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.
-Britain's main ceremony of remembrance at St. Paul's will be broadcast on television and radio nationwide and on loudspeakers to a large crowd expected outside the cathedral. Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles, U.S. Ambassador William S. Farish and several other politicians and dignitaries are expected to attend.
-Special services will also be held at Westminster and Canterbury cathedrals and other houses of worship around the country.
-A brief ceremony will be held Wednesday morning outside the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square in London. In the wake of the attacks, the square became a gathering place for mourners and a Sept. 11 memorial will be constructed on the site next year.
-In Liverpool, England, two beams of light representing the twin towers will shine for a week, echoing a similar tribute in New York six months ago.
-All European stock markets will stop trading for two minutes at 8:46 a.m. EDT.
-A memorial service will be held at the American Cathedral in France, and President Jacques Chirac will visit the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
-At NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Secretary General Lord George Robinson will speak during a commemorative ceremony.
-A Catholic church on Dublin's River Liffey will hold a special mass for New York firefighters who died in the World Trade Center - many of whom had Irish roots.
-Jazz musicians from New York will perform a concert at Berlin's House of World Culture. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will attend a memorial ceremony at the Berliner Dom, the city's main cathedral.
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